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Fallon's Falklands visit caused 'concern' and displeasure

Saturday, February 20th 2016 - 07:27 UTC
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Buenos Aires media reports indicate that the Foreign ministry made a formal presentation on Fallon's visit to the British embassy in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires media reports indicate that the Foreign ministry made a formal presentation on Fallon's visit to the British embassy in Buenos Aires
Fallon's visit takes place just a couple of weeks after the meeting of president Mauricio Macri with British PM Cameron on the sidelines of the Davos forum Fallon's visit takes place just a couple of weeks after the meeting of president Mauricio Macri with British PM Cameron on the sidelines of the Davos forum
However the Macri administration also believes the visit is linked to the controversy following recent statements by Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn However the Macri administration also believes the visit is linked to the controversy following recent statements by Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn

The Argentine government expressed its 'concern' to the UK over Defense minister Michael Fallon's visit to the Falkland Islands where he spent time with the military at MPA and met with Falklands elected government authorities and members of the community, according to media reports in Buenos Aires.

 Reports indicate that the Foreign ministry made a formal presentation on the issue to the British embassy in Buenos Aires, because of Defense minister Fallon's presence in the 'Malvinas Islands' since this was interpreted as an intromission of London in 'Argentine territory'.

To this must be added that Fallon's visit to the Falklands takes place just a couple of weeks after the meeting of Argentine president Mauricio Macri with British PM David Cameron on the sidelines of the Davos economic forum, when both leaders agreed to 'de-freeze' the situation and 'normalize' relations.

Apparently the British embassy in Buenos Aires said it would be making no comments of the matter.

Even when minister Fallon said from the Falklands that London is intent in improving relations with Argentina, and suggested Argentines should visit the Islands and see for themselves the truth about the dynamic Falklands, his conclusive remarks on sovereignty, “the issue was settled more than thirty years ago”, and confirmed by the recent 2013 crystal clear referendum results, took Argentine authorities by surprise and did not please at all.

Allegedly a close advisor of President Macri said that Fallon's presence in the Islands 'served no purpose' with the current attempt of normalizing relations with London and 'establishing a bridge with the Islanders'.

According to the Argentine media reports, during the Macri/Cameron meeting in Davos it was agreed to reestablish bilateral relations, following years of confrontation under the previous government of Cristina Fernandez. “In fact, both leaders agreed to put the Malvinas dispute under an umbrella” but the presence of the British defense minister in the Islands does not help.

However the Argentine government also believes that Fallon's statements were a strong message to the domestic dispute between conservatives and Labor. In effect, the minister was quoted from the Falklands saying that Labor Leader, Jeremy Corbyn was “a bigger threat to the Falklands than Argentina”, with his inability to accept the Islanders right to self determination. Likewise, “I can’t believe Jeremy Corbyn wants to override the wishes of the Islanders - it’s an extraordinary position to get into. We’ve always made it clear the sovereignty issue is settled and Islanders made their views crystal clear in the 2013 referendum“.

Corbyn in recent statements to the BBC, not only proposed establishing a dialogue between the Islanders and Argentina, but also a ”joint administration' in the Falklands shared by Buenos Aires and London.

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  • Islander1

    Who gives a Twopenny F***?

    Some of us a rather more concerned about the pretty pathetic childish attitude and actions of a bunch of Argies at the Darwin cemetery the other day here - they paid NO RESPECT to their own dead by the way they behaved there.

    Feb 20th, 2016 - 09:59 am 0
  • ChrisR

    As usual, the argies (old school, bat-shit mad K supporters) just cannot accept the truth that they LOST the 1982 war, that they brought on the Islanders, and that is all there is to it.

    10,000 of the arseholes tried and had the same arseholes handed to them on a plate by the triumphant British Forces.

    Grow up, get over it, you dummies.

    Feb 20th, 2016 - 10:44 am 0
  • Terence Hill

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    Feb 20th, 2016 - 10:47 am 0
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