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Falklands' Police appealing to Darwin cemetery visitors to advance damages' investigation

Friday, February 3rd 2017 - 09:13 UTC
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Falklands' Police are appealing for anyone who has visited the cemetery during December/January to contact them. Falklands' Police are appealing for anyone who has visited the cemetery during December/January to contact them.
When damage to the stoned case and statue of the Virgin of Lujan was reported, the Argentine and Falklands governments immediately condemned actions.   When damage to the stoned case and statue of the Virgin of Lujan was reported, the Argentine and Falklands governments immediately condemned actions.
The Falklands government said the damage is clearly distressing to families of the Argentines buried at the cemetery and is regretted by the people of the Falklands The Falklands government said the damage is clearly distressing to families of the Argentines buried at the cemetery and is regretted by the people of the Falklands
Sir Alan Duncan twitted “appalled to hear of act of vandalism at Darwin Cemetery in Falkland Islands. Welcome urgent response & investigation by FIG”.  Sir Alan Duncan twitted “appalled to hear of act of vandalism at Darwin Cemetery in Falkland Islands. Welcome urgent response & investigation by FIG”.

The Royal Falkland Islands Police are continuing to investigate reported damage within the Argentine Cemetery near Darwin which was discovered during the last week of January. The damage refers to the vandalized case containing a statue of the Virgin of Lujan, and the image, overlooking the lines of crosses at the cemetery.

 According to a release from the Falklands government, in order to assist in ascertaining the date the incident occurred officers have been speaking to people who have visited the cemetery during December 2016 and January 2017.

Police are now appealing for anyone who has visited the cemetery during these months to contact them. The Investigation Team are especially keen to view photographs of the case and statue taken during this time.

Likewise the Royal Falkland Island Police would like to thank those members of the public who have already provided assistance during the enquiry. Information can also be provided in confidence on 28112.

When the damage to the stoned case and statue of the Virgin of Lujan was reported, Tuesday January 25, the Argentine and Falklands governments immediately condemned the vandalizing actions.

In a brief report the Falklands government said the damage caused is clearly distressing to the families of the Argentines buried at the cemetery and is regretted by the people of the Falkland Islands.

Likewise the Argentine Foreign Ministry sent a note to the British embassy in Buenos Aires repudiating the action and asking the UK government to launch an immediate investigation.

The ministry said in a statement that the vandalism is “particularly regrettable” given the recent decision by Argentina and Britain to identify the remains of more than 100 Argentine soldiers buried in the cemetery after the 1982 war.

“This significant advance in such a sensitive humanitarian issue is not matched by the intolerance and violence displayed by those who attacked the final resting place of the Argentine combatants fallen in 1982”.

The release recalls that the construction of the memorial was possible based on the Joint Declaration from 14 July 1999 signed by Argentina and UK.

A few hours later the Foreign Office Minister for the Americas, Alan Duncan twitted he “was appalled to hear of act of vandalism at Darwin Cemetery in Falkland Islands. Welcome urgent response & investigation by FIG”.

Likewise the British ambassador in Argentina, Mark Kent twitted condemning and regretting vandalism at the cemetery. “Vandalism in cemeteries in unjustifiable and shows a total lack of human decency”.

Finally it must be mentioned that the Argentine ministry release, in its last paragraph, also underlines that “Argentina reaffirms, once again, its legitimate rights over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich islands and surrounding maritime spaces, which are integral part of national territory”.

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  • gordo1

    VOICE

    Are YOU really in full possession of your senses? Just why should the Falklands LEGITIMATE community take it upon themselves to repair this damage? It may just be possible that the damage has been caused by a visitor from Argentina.

    Feb 03rd, 2017 - 02:16 pm +4
  • The Voice

    Maj Roger Latchford had a terrible time with the Argies. Totally uncooperative at the time of burials. We are still de-mining the areas the Argies illegally mined and they havent paid a Peso in compensation. THEY should apologise for their behaviour, stop the histrionics and grow up. THEY wanted this cemetery its their responsibility to maintain it, which they don't. They just whinge at every opportunity.

    Feb 03rd, 2017 - 07:20 pm +4
  • Conqueror

    Yeah, it's a terrible shame. Still, if the argies had taken their corpses with them instead of leaving them as a 'claim', it wouldn't happen.

    Perhaps, every time that “Argentina reaffirms, once again, its legitimate rights over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich islands and surrounding maritime spaces, which are integral part of national territory” someone decides to show argieland what they think of 'national territory'.

    Feb 03rd, 2017 - 09:44 am +3
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