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As of this week it is official in the Argentine province of Salta: after playing the Argentine national anthem, the Malvinas March is compulsory in all school, civilian and military events in that provincial territory. The bill approved by the provincial Senate was signed and put into effect last 30 June by governor Juan Manuel Uturbey.
The Argentine government should support with 'determination' Bolivia's sea outlet claim to Chile, because if successful it will be so much easier for Argentina to recover the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, said Bolivian president Evo Morales in an interview.
Four professional swimmers from Mar del Plata, Argentina have announced they are preparing for a great challenge: next March they plan to cross the Falkland Sound joining West and East Falklands. Diego Piccardo, Martín Sánchez, Adrián Echeverría and Guido Ganín are training with professor Andrés Rosso under the supervision of the several times open sea champion Claudio Plitt.
Leaders of several British Overseas Territories meeting in Bermuda released a joint statement following a Pre-Joint Ministerial Council two-day meeting held last week in Hamilton. The goal of the international gathering was to discuss matters of common interest in order to present a unified front next December at the JMC in London.
Falkland Islanders under Argentina 'will elect their own members to Congress and enjoy oil benefits'
'Some day' Argentina will recover sovereignty over the Malvinas and in no way will the Falkland Islanders or their culture, traditions or language be discriminated, and furthermore they will be able to elect their members to congress, governor and fully enjoy the benefits of oil production.
”It is dangerous to forget what (Mauricio) Macri said about the Malvinas, that they would represent a deficit for Argentina”, Alicia Castro, Argentine ambassador in the UK was quoted by the Buenos Aires media, following on statements from the Argentine capital's mayor and presidential hopeful in reference to the Falklands Islands.
Three Falkland Islands fishing vessels' owner/operators were ordered by the Supreme Court to pay £200.000 security bonds to return to sea while investigations are ongoing on potential anomalies on their catches and species reports. The value of the vessels range between one and 3.5 million pounds.
Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley called for the British Overseas Territories (BOTs) to present a united front in key areas and for the leaders to work together to best represent the people of the region. Premier Dunkley opened on Thursday the Pre-Joint ministerial council which convened leaders from several BOTs including the Falklands MLA Roger Edwards, as reported by the island's Royal Gazette.
Argentine diplomats questioned in Montevideo why the United Kingdom is not punished for its denial to comply with the UN General Assembly Resolution from 1965 which calls on Argentina and the UK to sit and dialogue on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. They also denied any attempts from Argentina to suffocate the Falklands economy or hydrocarbons industry.
The Latin American Integration Association, Aladi, with main offices in Montevideo, will be holding on Thursday an extraordinary meeting on the Falklands/Malvinas Islands question in the framework of the recent Day of Affirmation of Argentine rights over the South Atlantic Islands (June 10), and the fiftieth anniversary of UN Assembly Resolution 2065, which called on Argentina and UK to dialogue and find a solution to the dispute.