The Falklands Government has given permission for an Argentine national, 49 year old Martin Rappalini, to land a twin-engined Piper Aerostar aircraft at Port Stanley airport ? the first Argentine registered aircraft to land in Stanley since hostilities ended in 1982.
Argentine and Chilean navies are coordinating a close air and sea monitoring operation of the British flag Pacific Swan and its deadly radioactive cargo, as it sails along the South Atlantic coast, Drake Sea and into the Pacific.
A British Government assessment of the personality and influence of Eva Peron at the height of her fame in Argentina, concealed in secret Foreign Office files for 50 years, has been widely publicised with the release of the documents by the United Kingdom Public Records Office.
The Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Charles Guthrie is to arrive in the Falklands tomorrow for a visit lasting just three days. He will arrive on the Lan Chile flight tomorrow afternoon and during his time here will be a guest of the military.
Falklands trout fishing, popular with Islanders and tourists alike, owes its origins to Chile. Sixty years ago neither brown trout nor sea trout existed. They were established only in 1940 with a small batch imported from Chile, which later sent 30,000 more as a gift, augmented by another 35,000 imported from Britain. Now it is a thriving pastime, internationally renowned, a mecca for keen anglers, including royalty. The Duke of Edinburgh has enjoyed fishing its rivers.
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair has praised the Falkland Islanders for their positive approach to Argentina during the year 2000. Speaking directly to the Islands population on the BBC World Service programme ?Calling the Falklands' Mr. Blair said ?I salute your courage in agreeing to develop links with Argentina where co-operation is in our mutual interest'. However he reiterated that despite the signing of a Treaty in July 1999 which now allows Argentine Nationals to visit the Islands following a 17 years ban, and permits a once a month stopover in Rio Gallegos of a Lan Chile flight enroute to the Islands, there is no question of the sovereignty being discussed. Mr Blair said, ?This approach (developing links with Argentina) offers the possibility of a sound working relationship with Argentina without compromising the fundamental principal that sovereignty is not negotiable'.