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Theresa May pledges no compromise on Falklands' right to self determination

Friday, December 22nd 2017 - 06:45 UTC
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“I want you to know that I will never allow anyone to compromise your right to self-determination – a right you freely expressed in the 2013 referendum” “I want you to know that I will never allow anyone to compromise your right to self-determination – a right you freely expressed in the 2013 referendum”

In a personal Christmas message to Falkland Islanders, Prime Minister Theresa May emphasized that she would not allow anyone to compromise Islanders’ right to self determination. Her full message follows:

 This year marked the 35th anniversary of the Conflict to preserve your freedom and independence. So as we remember the 255 UK servicemen and three Falkland Islanders who gave their lives in defending your liberty, I want you to know that I will never allow anyone to compromise your right to self-determination – a right you freely expressed in the 2013 referendum; and a legacy for which so many paid the ultimate price.

I am equally committed to supporting your vital work to address the legacies of the conflict and to advance the broader prosperity of the Islands.

So I want to thank you and your government for your continued help in enabling the identification of Argentine soldiers killed in the Conflict and buried at Darwin. I believe this shows all that is best of the Falklands – fierce in defence of self-determination but always ready to help those in distress whoever they may be.
And the work done by the International Committee of the Red Cross on sensitive humanitarian matter should, I hope, bring some peace to those Argentine families who lost their loved ones.

Building closer links with all countries in the region brings unprecedented opportunities to ensure a better, long-term and sustainable future for the Falkland Islands. I continue to believe there are non-sovereignty related areas where we can work together with Argentina for the benefit of all concerned. Whilst progress has been slower than anticipated, we will continue to work with Argentina to ensure delivery of all Joint Communiqué commitments, including the removal of restrictive measures against the Islands.

I am also pleased to see further progress to tackle another of the Conflict’s legacies. The current phase of demining, represents a significant increase in our demining efforts to date, backed by £20m of additional funding. Since commencing in October 2016, work on the project has cleared over 3,200 anti-personnel mines and over 100 other items of unexploded ordnance.

The results of your latest census, and your new legislation on same-sex marriage, demonstrate a growing, diverse, and prosperous community in the Falklands today.
You have an increasing international presence. Your students had their best educational results ever this year. And we will do all we can to support your government’s new economic strategy which will see the start of a transformational process in the Islands.

I also want to congratulate all your newly elected Assembly Members following the elections last month. I was delighted to meet one of them - Teslyn Barkman - in Downing Street last month as part of my annual meeting with representatives from all the UK’s Overseas Territories.We discussed the UK’s departure from the European Union where I reaffirmed the commitment of the government I lead to secure a deal with the European Union that is right for the whole United Kingdom and all our Overseas Territories.
We also discussed the work to support the recovery effort in our Caribbean communities following the devastating hurricanes and we warmly welcomed the financial contribution from the Falkland Islands.

Finally, this last year also saw the passing of both Sir Cosmo Haskard and his wife Phillada. I know Sir Cosmo was a much admired former governor, a pioneering defender of your sovereignty and a great believer in a bright and exciting future for these very special islands.

I share that belief and my message to you this Christmas is very simple: You can count on me as a UK Prime Minister who will do everything possible to support you in realizing the full potential of these Islands. With that, let me wish you and all your families a great Christmas and a very happy and prosperous 2018. (Penguin News)

 

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  • Livepeanuts

    Since before the Kingdom was United and since before Argentina was even Argentina or even anything like Argentina, the Falklands have been on the frontier of two great Empires, and sooner or latter they had to reach the final phase of stability which is as we know them today.
    Every inch of Argentina is a XIX century Empire, all was conquered “by the cross or by the sword” before and after “independence”, Buenos Aires has done quite well with its conquering, but you can't win them all, and we can't go back in time to re-write history either, specially only those bits which we don't like, that would open the door to Mexico claiming half of the USA for example.. or even worse.. who inherited the Roman Empire? .. How far back do we go?
    To say that the Falkland people don't have a right to chose the Crown is as illogical as saying Canada hasn't got the right to chose the Crown and that Canadian people have less rights than the people of USA.
    There is no logic to Argentina trying to extend the XIX in to the XXI century in order to change it. This is a time to draw a line in South America, nearly everybody is implanted with their original European languages and all the rest and have traveled 8000 miles to get there. We are where we are and we are what we are. The age of conquest is now complete, the problems of the South Atlantic exist only in the class rooms of Buenos Aires, and only Buenos Aires can consign them to the dustbin.

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 10:25 am +9
  • Stoker

    “Secret US airbase”? What is secret about it? Everyone knows it is there. There is nothing unusual about people being relocated for defence/security purposes. The people who lived in the villages of Imber, Tyneham, Worbarrow and many more in the UK were evicted during World War Two and have never been allowed to return. There were no permanent residents on the island of Diego Garcia since there is no potable water on the island (water is shipped in to the airbase every day).

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 06:19 pm +4
  • darragh

    But I condemn the blatant hypocrisy of the successive Argentine governments that have denied the right to self-determination of the indigenous South American peoples, thrown off their land and murdered to make way for Argentine settlers.

    You see Py that's the problem with throwing about accusations they can always be turned round and thrown back.

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 11:37 pm +4
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