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Cameron hopeful of a more mature relation with Argentina but Falkland Islanders self determination is 'unmovable'

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On the Falkland Islanders right to self determination, “my government remains unmovable”, said PM Cameron in his Xmas message On the Falkland Islanders right to self determination, “my government remains unmovable”, said PM Cameron in his Xmas message
I have spoken with President Macri; It is clear that there are many areas on which cooperation could be of mutual benefit. I have spoken with President Macri; It is clear that there are many areas on which cooperation could be of mutual benefit.
The Islands have also been subject to their own significant challenges of course, not least in the emergency evacuation of the cruise ship, Le Boréal, last month. The Islands have also been subject to their own significant challenges of course, not least in the emergency evacuation of the cruise ship, Le Boréal, last month.
You should be proud that people from 25 different countries left as friends of the Islands, with good memories of a warm and welcoming people. You should be proud that people from 25 different countries left as friends of the Islands, with good memories of a warm and welcoming people.
I firmly believe in your right to develop your economy for your own benefit. That is why my Ministers and I continue to lobby hard in support of that right. I firmly believe in your right to develop your economy for your own benefit. That is why my Ministers and I continue to lobby hard in support of that right.

In a Christmas message to Falkland Islanders, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is hopeful that the election of a new Argentine president “will allow us to move towards a more mature relationship”.

 However having spoken with President Macri and while eager to improve Argentine relations, for the benefit of all, “I am clear that this does not and will not change my Government’s position on your right to self determination”. “On this we are unmovable”.

In his sixth Christmas message to the Falklands PM Cameron also supports the Islanders, “right to develop your economy for your own benefit,” and congratulates them for their handling of the Le Boréal incident.

The full text of the speech follows:

I am delighted to be sending my sixth Christmas message to the people of the Falkland Islands, and 2015 has certainly been an eventful year for you.

Younger generations seized the chance to shine at the Overseas Territories Student Conference, held at University College London. The fact that so many of your students took part in a conference centred on sustainable development is hugely encouraging for the future of the Islands.

This month’s climate change summit in Paris highlighted the importance of tackling environmental issues as a global community. You have maintained your focus on protecting the pristine environment in the Islands and the Falkland waters, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming years to ensure we can protect against the effects of climate change.

This month also saw leaders from the Overseas Territories gather in London for the Joint Ministerial Council. I was struck by the leadership of the Falkland Islands’ delegation in encouraging the sharing of information and experience between territories.

This month also saw leaders from the Overseas Territories gather in London for the Joint Ministerial Council. I was struck by the leadership of the Falkland Islands’ delegation in encouraging the sharing of information and experience between territories.
I believe that there is ample opportunity to do more to learn from one another in this way.

Important work on de-mining continues, and I am pleased to see that the current phase is going well. We have concentrated up until now on those areas immediately surrounding Stanley, in order to achieve the greatest impact on your daily lives. We must now begin to consider those more environmentally and logistically challenging areas further afield.

Challenges

2015 has also been a challenging year in many ways. From the tragic events in Paris just last month, to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, there have been moments when we have mourned such senseless loss of life. We have also, of course, been moved by the images and stories of the streams of refugees moving across Europe, many fleeing the conflict in Syria. I was heartened to hear of the offers of support from the Falkland Islanders for the refugees.

The Islands have also been subject to their own significant challenges of course, not least in the emergency evacuation of the cruise ship, Le Boréal, last month. While it was an extremely distressing incident for the 347 passengers and crew, I have heard of their gratitude to the Islanders for the way they were supported with clothing, food and shelter after their dramatic rescue. The sensitivity and compassion that you showed epitomizes the Falklands spirit.

You should be proud that people from 25 different countries left as friends of the Islands, with good memories of a warm and welcoming people.

Opportunities

I continue to take a close interest in the development of your hydrocarbons industry, and I firmly believe in your right to develop your economy for your own benefit. That is why my Ministers and I continue to lobby hard in support of that right.

More broadly, your economy continues to thrive, with strong fishing and tourism industries.

You have continued to find new ways to showcase all the Islands have to offer, both at home and abroad. I am delighted by the success of the BBC’s ‘Island Parish’ series, which clearly demonstrates your ongoing responsible stewardship of your natural resources.

It is my hope that the election of a new Argentine President will allow us to move towards a more mature relationship. It is clear that there are many areas on which cooperation could be of mutual benefit. I have spoken with President Macri, and while I am eager to improve Argentine relations, for the benefit of all, I am clear that this does not and will not change my Government’s position on your right to self-determination. On this we are immoveable.

Looking to the future, 2016 will doubtless be another year full of opportunity for the Falkland Islands.

As this year comes to a close, Samantha and I wish you all the very best, and hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (PN).-

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  • ChrisR

    This idiot can jabber on all he likes but the EU have just broken him into two parts: dumb and dumber.

    Osborne is the new power and he's an avid euro idiot, just so he can keep his job.

    The referendum will not happen or be a fix to keep the status quo.

    I have been a Conservative voter all my life until these idiots arrived. The Blessed Margaret must be spinning like a top at these useless bastards.

    Best thing for the Falklands is to work toward full independence once the oil money rolls in and leave the UK to be a paid mercenary force for protection only.

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 10:44 am 0
  • Chris01

    #1

    Got out of bed on the wrong side this morning? :-p

    Cameron is a bit useless, I agree, but his incompetence will work in favour of BREXIT because many people can see his sham renegotiation for what it is. He is the greatest asset to the out camp, ahead of Juncker and Schultz. If it is any comfort, once he loses the referendum and the UK breaks free of the EU, his position will be untenable and dozy Dave will have to resign.

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 11:45 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 Chris01
    No.

    “The referendum will not happen or be a fix to keep the status quo.”

    Check out the 'little stunts' that are being put in place to negate the result if it's likely to be an 'out' result.

    If Camoron is still in place and the populace think or decide there has been a fix to stay in then all bets are off. Even the most Con-centric poll is showing 50/50.

    Check out Camorons CV prior to becoming Leader, it's like going back into the end of the 19th century to select a 'leader'. The reason The Blessed Margaret was so good she knew how to say NO, not only to Denis when she had a headache but to stupid ideas, the unions, and cunts like Camoron. She, of course, came from a relatively lowly background and completed a chemistry degree AND ran a large section of a serious business prior to entering politics.

    Camoron wasted his time at Brasenose obtaining a first-class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics because he appears to have forgotten the context or is just incapable of applying it.

    The day he was scheduled for a job interview at the Conservative Central Office, a man from Buckingham Palace, called the CCO, put in a good word for Cameron. According to a March 2007 Daily Mail article, “the testimonial, of which Cameron was unaware, was an early intimation of how the ambitious Etonian was helped by well-placed friends and family.”

    In 1994, Cameron left politics to work as the director of corporation affairs at Carlton Communications, a British media company. He resigned from that role in 2001 in order to continue his pursuit of a Parliamentary seat, which he won, representing the Oxfordshire town of Witney. [bio.]

    Even the bloke who worked in a circus had more about him than this twat.

    PS I DO hope you are correct in your final paragraph, it's just that I do not trust him at all.

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 12:53 pm 0
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