HMS Tireless leaves Gibraltar;
SS Rotterdam in Gibraltar for uplifting; Tercentenary Art Exhibition.
Joint press statement of the Twenty-fifth meeting.
Given the scattered nature of the Falkland Islands archipelago, inter island shipping has always been a matter of the highest importance to farmers and so there was a capacity turn out for the first of Tuesday's ?Farmers Week' meetings.
On Tuesday morning, Mr. Howard Pearce, the Governor of the Falkland Islands, chose the platform of a meeting organized for farmers by the Falkland Islands Rural Business Association to issue a firm assurance that any attempts that might be made by Argentina to discuss Falkland Islands sovereignty with the British Government would be refused, unless they occurred with the consent of the islanders. The British Government is going to be very robust on this, he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Operations Manager, John Ferguson, treated Falkland Islands farmers in Stanley for the Annual ?Farmers Week' to an upbeat presentation on the operation of the Sand Bay Abattoir, during the 2003-4 austral summer season.
Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos expressed satisfaction this Monday with a pledge from British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw that the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless will leave Gibraltar in a couple of days.
Monday 12th July marked the beginning of Farmers' Week in the Falkland Islands.
The Gibraltar GSLP/Liberal Opposition consider that a visit by any Royal Navy vessel to Gibraltar has nothing to do with any foreign country and that the Spanish Government should mind its own business on the issue.
Connie Stevens, formerly, Marketing Manager for the Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) began her interview with FIBS News Editor, Sue Gyford, on Tuesday by admitting that after just one week in her new job she was still finding her way.
Protests from all quarters in Spain re-opened the wounds of the HMS Tireless saga as the nuclear submarine sailed into Gibraltar last Friday.