Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 21:02 UTC

Falklands mine clearance project receives a new £20m UK commitment

MLA Mike Poole said UK commitment's to clear the Islands of mines is ”a welcome move and we remain willing to assist practically and logistically where we can.”

The Falkland Islands Government, FIG, and Falkland Islanders have welcomed the announcement of a new £20m landmine clearance commitment by the UK which will make safe dozens of areas which have been unusable for residents and visitors. The project financed by the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defense will clear 46 minefields over the next two years and prepare for clearance another 27. So far more than 30 minefields have been cleared in the Falklands in recent years and this is in line with the UK obligations under the Ottawa Treaty.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 18:35 UTC

Falklands welcomes UK/Argentina future cooperation agreement, which leaves sovereignty discussions out

FIG will be represented at any future discussions on the above matters. Sovereignty of the Falkland Islands will not be part of these discussions.

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) welcomed the UK/Argentina future cooperation agreement to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and development of the Falkland Islands and points out it will be represented at future discussions on these matters, the removal of sanctions on hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism, and underlines that “sovereignty of the Falkland Islands will not be part of these discussions”.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 17:56 UTC

Falkland Islands Government welcomes better relationship with Argentina

MLAs Gavin Short, Barry Elsby, Phyl Rendell and Mike Summers address questions from the media this morning.

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has welcomed the agreement made between the Argentine and United Kingdom Governments, laid out under this morning’s joint statement. Speaking to the media, Members of the Falkland’s Legislative Assembly stated they “looked forward to a better relationship with Argentina”, especially in the areas of hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 16:49 UTC

Falklands registers for world shearing championships in NZ next February

“We are expecting a real showdown at the Canterbury A&P show” Chairman of the World Shearing event, Tom Wilson said.

The World Shearing Championships Committee finds another gear as the World Event quickly approaches. Being held in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand from the 9th to the 11th February in the ILT Stadium Southland, not only is the committee excited about hosting this event but Southland and New Zealand is getting behind a first in the South Island and only 5th time being held in New Zealand over a 40 year period (1980, 1988, 1996, 2012 – Masterton)

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 10:53 UTC

Falklands open to establish further air links with third countries plus two additional stops per month in Argentina

Currently there is a weekly flight linking Punta Arenas in Chile with the Falklands, which stops once a month, one in each direction, in Rio Gallegos

The chapter on the South Atlantic establishes that the 1989 formula on sovereignty of the Falklands will not be affected and that the appropriate measures will be taken to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and sustainable development of the Islands

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 10:31 UTC

UK/Argentina Joint Communiqué – 13 September 2016

With cabinet chief Marco Peña at Government House

The Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Alan Duncan, visited Argentina on 12 and 13 September. The principal reason for the visit was to enhance bilateral consultations with the Argentine Foreign Ministry and attend the Business and Investment Forum organised by the Argentine Government.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 10:12 UTC

UK/Argentina begin new dialogue and agree on areas of mutual interest including the South Atlantic

FCO Minister Alan Duncan said that the UK and Argentina are building a positive relationship based on areas where “we so clearly agree”.

The British Government and the Government of Argentina have agreed to an improved relationship through closer co-operation on areas of mutual interest, including on trade, security and the South Atlantic. A UK-Argentine joint statement has been agreed and released on Tuesday 13 September, following a series of high level meetings in Buenos Aires with Sir Alan Duncan - the first Foreign Office Minister to visit Argentina since 2009.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 19:51 UTC

Macri announces top level meeting with UK to address ''all issues'', next week in New York

“We're planning a meeting in New York during the UN sessions. We're going to establish a round of conversations talking about all issues”, Macri was quoted

Argentine president Mauricio Macri described as a “gesture” the attendance of Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan at the Business and Investment forum in Buenos Aires, and anticipated that UK and Argentina are preparing a bilateral meeting next week in New York on the sidelines of the annual UN general assembly to address all issues including Falklands/Malvinas.

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 06:33 UTC

Trade, investments and Falklands in Sir Alan Duncan's agenda in Buenos Aires

Sir Alan Duncan will also be at the opening of a business and investment conference which will be attended by a delegation of forty top British companies

UK Foreign Office minister of state for the Americas and the Falkland Islands, Sir Alan Duncan begins this Monday a full agenda of activities in Buenos Aires with the purpose of promoting business, investments and normalizing bilateral relations, after more than a decade of distant when not frozen links under the Kirchner couple administrations. The Falkland Islands issue is also expected to be addressed but with “a constructive spirit”.

Saturday, September 10th 2016 - 15:09 UTC

Falkland Islands census on Sunday 9 October; population was 2.840 in 2012

According to the previous census from 2012, most Falkland Islanders, 75%, lived in the capital Stanley

The Falkland Islands will be holding its national census on Sunday 9 October. The previous census in 2012, revealed that the Falklands population was 2.840, of which 75% lived in Stanley and 57% identified themselves as Falkland Islanders. Census happen every 5 years and participation in the Census is required by law.

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