MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, December 10th 2016 - 12:36 UTC

Falkland Islands

  • Friday, November 18th 2016 - 21:57 UTC

    Falklands to meet Red Cross in Geneva on DNA identification of Argentine combatants buried in Darwin

    MLA Mike Summers and MLA Phyl Rendell

    The Falklands government announced on Friday that MLA Mike Summers will be attending a meeting in Geneva, chaired by the Red Cross to forward agreements for DNA identification of Argentine combatants buried in Darwin. A follow up meeting in London for the signing of the agreements is scheduled, which will also include MLA Phyl Rendell, and to advance in other issues related to the September UK/Argentina joint statement referred to additional flights and fisheries scientific data exchange.

  • Thursday, November 17th 2016 - 12:12 UTC

    Argentine Congress approves special pensions scheme for Malvinas veterans

    The exceptional pension scheme benefits those who “participated in war actions between 2 April and 14 June 1982 in the Malvinas Operations theatre”

    The Argentine Senate unanimously (58/58) passed a bill with a special pensions' scheme, described as exceptional and optional for those citizens who were involved in the Malvinas war. The vote was cheered by the veterans present at the session's discussion.

  • Thursday, November 17th 2016 - 08:36 UTC

    Malcorra taunted in Congress over the UK/Argentina statement and South Atlantic chapter

    “I disagree with the text of the statement, but I do not believe it is a treaty”, said lawmaker Elisa Carrió during the debate on the issue

    A leading ally of President Mauricio Macri's precarious coalition in Congress and chair of the Lower House Foreign Affairs committee, held another special session to address the September UK/Argentina Joint Statement, which she argues is not an “accord or treaty”, but nevertheless strongly questions the South Atlantic chapter which calls for lifting economic sanctions on Falklands' trade, fisheries, connectivity and oil development.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:45 UTC

    Falklands' government first quarter surplus jumps to £6.407 million

    The bulk of companies paying significant corporation tax for 2015 were in the fishing industry (Pic N.Bonner)

    The Falkland Islands government numbers are looking brighter than forecasted: for the first three months of the financial year (July –September), the government is showing an actual surplus of £6.407 million, compared to a estimated surplus of £2.211 million.

  • Friday, November 11th 2016 - 11:09 UTC

    Two Falkland Islanders at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia

    The Falkland Islands are represented by Jody Aldridge and Gemma Finn at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

    In a colorful opening ceremony in the Legislative Chamber at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, over 60 young participants representing CPA Branches in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific – came together for the start of a week long program of events. The Falkland Islands are represented by Jody Aldridge and Gemma Finn.

  • Friday, November 11th 2016 - 09:08 UTC

    Falklands' trip for university students winners of regional competition

    The Government of the Falkland Islands and the British Embassies in Uruguay, Brazil and Chile invited university students to participate in this regional competition to win the chance to visit the Falklands for a week, all expenses paid.

  • Thursday, November 10th 2016 - 11:20 UTC

    HMS Protector opens 2016/17 season in South Georgia surveying 160 sq miles of seabed

    During her stint around South Georgia the Plymouth-based icebreaker/survey ship scanned 160 square miles of seabed – roughly the area of the Isle of the Wight. (Pic RN)

    Having spent last Antarctic summer celebrating the deeds of one British polar hero, the crew of Royal Navy icebreaker HMS Protector have opened the 2016-17 survey season honoring his rival. A century after Sir Ernest Shackleton landed at King Haakon Bay on South Georgia in a makeshift lifeboat – the James Caird – Protector entered the same fjord and sent her hi-tech survey launch – the James Caird IV – close to the identical spot.

  • Thursday, November 10th 2016 - 08:11 UTC

    Malvinas is no impediment for dealing with UK, but “Islands population can't be denied”

    “Despite this territorial dispute we can't deny the existence of the Malvinas inhabitants with whom we have been distanced for too long”, admitted Malcorra

    The Malvinas sovereignty dispute should not be an impediment to advance in a pro-active agenda with the United Kingdom, and to progress in agreements to attract investors to Argentina, said foreign minister Susana Malcorra, who also admitted that it's not possible to deny the existence of the Malvinas inhabitants, “of which we have been distanced for too long”.

  • Wednesday, November 9th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

    Falklands' Observance of Remembrance Sunday 13 November

    The Annual Service will be held in Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 9.30 am, and will continue at the Cross of Sacrifice

    Falkland Islands elected government has announced the arrangements for the observance of Remembrance Sunday 13 November. The Annual Service will be held in Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 9.30 am. Governor Colin Roberts CVO, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defense personnel, veterans and reserves MP Mark Lancaster, Commander British Forces Commodore Darren Bone, RN, Members of the Legislative Assembly, visiting and resident Veterans, together with Senior Officers of the Armed Services will be attending this Service.

  • Monday, November 7th 2016 - 08:27 UTC

    UK and OTs agree on Brexit joint council and praise statement lifting trade restrictions on Falklands

    Overseas Territories minister Baroness Anelay, and other cabinet ministers met at the JMC at Lancaster House with OT elected leaders and representatives

    UK and Overseas Territories confirmed the principle of equal rights and self-determination plus OTs' right to develop their potential, agreed on the creation of a UK-Territories Joint Ministerial Council on European exit negotiations, and praised the recent UK-Argentina statement on the lifting of trade restrictions on the Falkland Islands.