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Following on an initiative from the standing Bureau of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, Argentina's Secretary Related to Malvinas and other South Atlantic Islands Affairs, Daniel Filmus held a meeting with its members on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.
President Nicolás Maduro described the current CELAC summit in Havana as historic and revealed Venezuela has proposed that the group's territories be considered 'free of colonies' and thus invites Puerto Rico to formally join Celac (Community of Latin American and Caribbean state).
HMS Portland has called into the Portuguese capital, the first stop of her Atlantic deployment that will take her to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia.
Mike Summers Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands will visit New Zealand and Australia this week as part of a regional tour where he will present the Falklands as a modern, thriving democracy and address the Falkland Islanders right to self determination. There are long-standing links between the countries, and this tour hopes to build upon existing relationships.
By Tim Cole - This week the CELAC Summit will be held in Havana and the Cuban government will be in charge of finalizing the language in the Summit declarations. Inevitably there will be one on the Falkland Islands and I suspect it will ignore the referendum held on the Islands last year when 99.8% voted in favor of the Islands remaining an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.
Three members of the UK Parliament will be arriving in the Falkland Islands next week for a short visit. Conservative party members Guy Opperman and Mark Menzies are accompanied by Labor Party member Yvonne Fovargue and arrive on January 30, departing on February 4.
ROCKHOPPER Exploration has identified four wells it plans to drill in the upcoming 2014-2015 drilling campaign in the Falkland Islands.
The Falkland Islands cruise ship season is looking “relatively healthy” to date, according to Sulivan Shipping Tourism Coordinator Samantha Marsh, with a third of the estimated 45,000 (total) passengers scheduled still to visit during February. The season got underway in October and to date 12,300 passengers have landed from 41 vessels of varying sizes.
Argentina is considering the purchase from Israel of 18 multipurpose combat aircraft Kfir Block 60 after negotiations with Spain for 16 Mirage F1 fighter bombers fell through, according to a report from Buenos Aires daily Clarin.
The suggestion that a stray sheep may have caused the road accident in the Falklands involving former Argentina and Tottenham Hotspur stars, Osvaldo “Ossie” Ardiles and Ricardo Villa was refuted on Tuesday by Ardiles’s son Federico in an interview with Mercopress in Stanley.