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Montevideo, January 17th 2017 - 00:40 UTC

Falkland Islands

  • Thursday, November 24th 2016 - 08:12 UTC

    Falklands refreshes long term Economic Development Strategy

    The goal is to deliver a refreshed and updated Economic Development Strategy that provides a realistic delivery plan for the next five years

    The Falkland Islands Government announced that on Wednesday the Executive Council approved the Terms of Reference to update the Falkland Islands Economic Development Strategy. The existing EDS was published in October 2010 following an extensive, two-year consultation process, and was intended to provide a blueprint for economic growth and development to 2025.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 09:00 UTC

    Malcorra confirms Falklands' representation in UK delegation to Red Cross discussions in Geneva

    “We're in contact with the families, we are reconfirming the interest of these families, some have not agreed, and we will respect their wishes”, said Malcorra.

    Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra confirmed on Tuesday that next month there will be a meeting with representatives from the British government to advance in the agreement to start rolling the humanitarian mission headed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, for the identification of former Argentine combatants buried at the Darwin cemetery in Falklands and which remain as unknown soldiers. The minister also said that Falklands will be part of the UK representation.

  • Monday, November 21st 2016 - 08:28 UTC

    Argentina upset with Falklands for insisting Darwin cemetery operation should be trilateral

    Islanders are pressing to be included in the documents as part of the negotiations, , “but this is unacceptable for the Argentine foreign ministry”, said Ms Kralikas

    The Argentine government is trying to agree with the UK on the humanitarian mission to identify the remains of an estimated eighty Argentine combatants (from 1982) buried in Falklands' Darwin cemetery, but there are still details to reach, more political than technical, since the Falkland Islanders insist in being part of the official documents, something “which is unacceptable for the Argentine foreign ministry”.

  • Saturday, November 19th 2016 - 10:15 UTC

    Premier Oil refinancing and extending debt repayment dates

    “We owe the banks a lot of money and therefore they are obviously going to want to approve some of that future investment,” Premier Oil CEO Tony Durrant said.

    Premier Oil has pushed back its refinancing deal to the first quarter of 2017 but said lenders had largely agreed to new terms, including extending debt repayment dates in exchange for some control over which projects the company can invest in.

  • Friday, November 18th 2016 - 21:57 UTC

    Falklands to meet Red Cross in Geneva on DNA identification of Argentine combatants buried in Darwin

    MLA Mike Summers and MLA Phyl Rendell

    The Falklands government announced on Friday that MLA Mike Summers will be attending a meeting in Geneva, chaired by the Red Cross to forward agreements for DNA identification of Argentine combatants buried in Darwin. A follow up meeting in London for the signing of the agreements is scheduled, which will also include MLA Phyl Rendell, and to advance in other issues related to the September UK/Argentina joint statement referred to additional flights and fisheries scientific data exchange.

  • Thursday, November 17th 2016 - 12:12 UTC

    Argentine Congress approves special pensions scheme for Malvinas veterans

    The exceptional pension scheme benefits those who “participated in war actions between 2 April and 14 June 1982 in the Malvinas Operations theatre”

    The Argentine Senate unanimously (58/58) passed a bill with a special pensions' scheme, described as exceptional and optional for those citizens who were involved in the Malvinas war. The vote was cheered by the veterans present at the session's discussion.

  • Thursday, November 17th 2016 - 08:36 UTC

    Malcorra taunted in Congress over the UK/Argentina statement and South Atlantic chapter

    “I disagree with the text of the statement, but I do not believe it is a treaty”, said lawmaker Elisa Carrió during the debate on the issue

    A leading ally of President Mauricio Macri's precarious coalition in Congress and chair of the Lower House Foreign Affairs committee, held another special session to address the September UK/Argentina Joint Statement, which she argues is not an “accord or treaty”, but nevertheless strongly questions the South Atlantic chapter which calls for lifting economic sanctions on Falklands' trade, fisheries, connectivity and oil development.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:45 UTC

    Falklands' government first quarter surplus jumps to £6.407 million

    The bulk of companies paying significant corporation tax for 2015 were in the fishing industry (Pic N.Bonner)

    The Falkland Islands government numbers are looking brighter than forecasted: for the first three months of the financial year (July –September), the government is showing an actual surplus of £6.407 million, compared to a estimated surplus of £2.211 million.

  • Friday, November 11th 2016 - 11:09 UTC

    Two Falkland Islanders at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia

    The Falkland Islands are represented by Jody Aldridge and Gemma Finn at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

    In a colorful opening ceremony in the Legislative Chamber at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, over 60 young participants representing CPA Branches in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific – came together for the start of a week long program of events. The Falkland Islands are represented by Jody Aldridge and Gemma Finn.

  • Friday, November 11th 2016 - 09:08 UTC

    Falklands' trip for university students winners of regional competition

    The Government of the Falkland Islands and the British Embassies in Uruguay, Brazil and Chile invited university students to participate in this regional competition to win the chance to visit the Falklands for a week, all expenses paid.