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Argentine embassy disappointed with Falklands stand at the Prado show

Saturday, September 9th 2017 - 19:57 UTC
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The Falklands stand promoting tourism, trade and links at the Great Britain pavilion   The Falklands stand promoting tourism, trade and links at the Great Britain pavilion

The Argentine embassy met with officials from the Uruguayan Rural Association, ARU, to express their disappointment since the Falkland Islands have a stand at the Great Britain pavilion in the Prado agro-industry show in Montevideo, according to a report from Television Nacional, which belongs to the Uruguayan government media complex.

 The television report said that the Argentine representations in Uruguay consider the situation as “serious”, and although there has been no formal complaint to the Uruguayan foreign ministry, they expect the ranchers' lobby, ARU, organizers of the show “to take action”.

The Great Britain pavilion has hosted the Falklands stand for the fourth year running, and this kind of complaints have become an annual event. It was only during the first presentation which included a display which read Falkland Islands Government, that the sign had to be brought down following a demand from the Argentine foreign ministry which at that time was under the administration of ex president Cristina Fernandez.

The Falklands stand is sponsored by the Islands' government and private companies, and includes several Spanish speaking officials, and basically promotes tourism to the Falklands, “An Island paradise, where the wildlife comes to you”, bilateral trade with Uruguay, plus agriculture, academic, social, education and health relations.

Trade and tourism relations between Uruguay and the Falklands are strong. Many of the cruise vessels that call in Montevideo during summer months, usually include the Falklands in their south Atlantic tour, and Montevideo is trans shipment port for much of the catches in that area.

Likewise many of the current Falklands' top officials in government and the private sector were partly educated in Uruguay, and the British Hospital in Montevideo and Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile receive many of the complicated medical cases and/or evacuations.

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  • Roger Lorton

    Life is full of disappointments

    Sep 10th, 2017 - 12:08 am +6
  • Roger Lorton

    Uruguay has never really liked its bullying neighbour, particularly after BA and Brazil fought over the East bank in the 1820's. Not unusually, it was Britain that negotiated the peace agreement in 1828 which saw BA and Brazil withdraw and led to the existence of Uruguay. The armies of BA took it badly. There was a coup in BA and it was under that administration that BA first made its Falklands pretensions known in 1829 - just before Rosas restored the previous government.

    After the 1831 Lexington Raid, the government in Montevideo supported the Yanks and denied the right of BA to claim the Falklands. They were even preparing their own expedition to the islands to stake a claim when Onslow showed up and put a stop to all plans.

    It leaked out only two or three years ago, that Uruguay still harbour plans to make a claim to the Falklands. CFK was not much amused at the time I seem to recall :-)

    FI have been at this show for 4 years and it was only at the one that Argie pressured the Uruguay Gov to get one poster taken down. One. Uruguay knows what it is doing, and what it is doing is giving Argentina the finger.

    :-)

    Sep 10th, 2017 - 11:33 pm +6
  • Caledon

    Do the Argentinians get a sick perverted kick out of being miserable bullies to the Islanders ?
    Transpose this reaction with the warm welcome and reception the ARA Libertad received in Southampton.
    Perhaps the Uruguayans should politely ask them to leave.

    Sep 09th, 2017 - 09:06 pm +5
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