Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Saturday, March 22nd 2014 - 08:01 UTC

The Falklands/Malvinas: Brazil’s next regional headache?

When Foreign Secretary William Hague recently visited Brazil, the Falklands/Malvinas issue was not on the agenda, according to Stuenkel

By Oliver Stuenkel (*) - Brazil, foreign policy observers often point out, is blessed. Contrary to many other emerging powers such as China or India, it is located in a region that rarely experiences interstate tension or war. Not only can Brazil live on a relatively small defense budget, while India is the world's largest arms importer. Brazil can also dedicate considerable time and energy towards extending its global diplomatic reach without constantly being forced to deal with trouble in its neighborhood.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014 - 07:50 UTC

Malvinas Families wish to have a chapel at Darwin cemetery and requested the “Pope's mediation”

The Memorial at Darwin is visited by many Malvinas war veterans

The Malvinas war next of kin are trying to have a chapel or a sanctuary built at the Darwin cemetery, in the Falkland Islands where the remains of 237 Argentine combatants are buried. The idea is to convert “this space in dispute in a peregrination place”, according to a report from the Argentine official news agency Telam.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014 - 07:11 UTC

Falklands' prosperity and economic boom surprises visiting Brazilian delegation

Stuenkel admitted he was unaware of the economic blockade imposed by Argentina

Visiting Brazilian political advisor and environmentalist Eduardo Viola emphatically expressed support for the Falkland Islands’ right of self-determination during a press conference in Stanley with other visiting Brazilian colleagues, reports this week's edition of Penguin News.

Friday, March 21st 2014 - 09:35 UTC

Falklands' veteran Simon Weston featured at the National Portrait Gallery

The People’s Portrait, a unique collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the BBC

The National Portrait Gallery in London and the BBC unveiled their first joint painted portrait commission – of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston by artist Nicky Philipps. Weston was voted last September by viewers of BBC One’s The One Show as the public figure who most deserved to have his picture displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

Thursday, March 20th 2014 - 07:02 UTC

Argentina blasts double-standard in addressing Crimea and Malvinas

”One cannot defend territorial integrity in Crimea and not in (the case of) Malvinas”

The Ukraine question must be settled through political negotiations and peace, President Cristina Fernández said at a press conference in Paris where she arrived this week to meet with her French counterpart Francois Hollande.

Thursday, March 20th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Malvinas: Argentina understands UK's insistence on tripartite talks, “but UN resolutions prevent it”

Daniel Filmus is convinced Argentina will eventually recover the Falklands

The Telegraph published a long interview with Daniel Filmus recently appointed to head the Argentine government newly created Malvinas Islands Related Issues Secretariat in which he repeats many of the arguments of the Cristina Fernandez administration campaign referred to the Falklands sovereignty claim, using such words as 'colonialism' and 'militarization', and attacking UK's refusal to sit and dialogue as indicated by UN resolutions.

Wednesday, March 19th 2014 - 07:21 UTC

With Malvinas in mind, Argentine diplomat calls for recreating links with UK

García Moritán finds praise, and a strong message, in the naming of Colin Roberts as Falklands next governor

The recent visit to Chile and particularly Uruguay of Foreign Office minister for Latin-American Hugo Swire has triggered a barrage of comments and debate in Argentina about the Falklands/Malvinas, particularly aggressive towards the FCO official, but not surprising.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014 - 06:59 UTC

Malvinas/Crimea: Cristina Fernandez blasts UK on “double standard”

The Argentine president made the comments in Italy

Argentine President Cristina Fernández has criticized what she dubbed a “double standard” from the United Kingdom, due to the nation condemning the Crimean referendum on union with Russia while supporting the rights of Falklands/Malvinas residents to hold a vote on their future.

Saturday, March 15th 2014 - 04:58 UTC

Argentine government picks on Swire interview to attack opposition leaders

Capitanich accused Massa and Macri of being 'more flexible' with the UK regarding Malvinas policy

Argentine cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich claimed that UK's preference to talk about the Falklands/Malvinas dispute with opposition presidential hopefuls, clearly means that “these leaders are willing to a greater flexibility regarding foreign interests in the dispute”.

Saturday, March 15th 2014 - 04:12 UTC

“Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands to Britain”

Lavrov and Kerry had 'very direct and very frank talks' but differences persist

Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after holding last-ditch talks on the region with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry.


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