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The announcement that the Duke of York will be visiting the Falkland Islands in November as part of the events marking the 20th anniversary of the 1982 Conflict has been enthusiastically welcomed in the United Kingdom as well as by Islanders.
A crashed Argentine Pucara aircraft, which was shot down during the Falklands War, and which has remained virtually undetected ever since, has recently been ?found' in a remote area of the Falklands.
Reaction to the talks on Gibraltar's future (on February 4th) between the United Kingdom and Spain indicates that Britain wants the 27,000 Gibraltarians to accept joint Anglo-Spanish sovereignty in exchange for an end to Spanish sanctions and for help and co-operation from Spain.
The 20th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict should be used to project a positive picture to the world of the modern Falkland Islands and the tremendous progress made in recent years. That's the view of Lord Hurd, former British Foreign Secretary and the first ever to visit the Falkland Islands -- in 1994.
STATEMENT GIVEN BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, JACK STRAW, TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON, TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2002
THE FEROCITY with which many Gibraltarians will denounce the deal expected to be announced today between Britain and Spain to share sovereignty over the Rock may be a moment of catharsis. It reflects the understandable feeling of betrayal shared by many other communities left behind by the receding of the red ink from the map of the world. The force of the Gibraltarians' insistence on their Britishness carries echoes of the excessive loyalty to symbols of Britishness demonstrated by the unionists in Northern Ireland.