49 year old Martin Rappallini who, earlier this year, became the first Argentine pilot to land an aircraft at Port Stanley Airport since 1982, has been hit by 3 charges which have been filed against him. He landed his Piper Aerostar aircraft on an historic flight on January 12th this year despite the fact that he had not received a response from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs to his request for permission to undertake the flight to the Islands directly from Argentina.
British Foreign Office Minister John Battle, who has responsibility for the Falklands and its relations with Argentina, said that he was ?impressed with the context of the letter which Falklands Councillors sent to the Argentine media for publication'. ?It contained items of mutual concerns to both Countries, and the Councillors had every right to send it' said the folk singing Minister.
Argentina and the United Kingdom agreed that the flights of private civil aircraft and the navigation of private vessels from Argentine mainland territory to the Falkland/Malvinas, and from the territory of the Malvinas to the mainland, will be protected by a safeguard system, by way of which our country's rights of sovereignty over the Falkland/Malvinas and the surrounding maritime spaces will not be affected adversely.
The British Minister of State at the Foreign Office with responsibility for the Falkland Islands John Battle spent Wednesday in the Islands observing British Troops in a full scale Military Exercise.
Portsmouth-based Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke returns home on 23 February 2001 after a 6-month deployment. In that time the ship's company enjoyed the New Year celebrations on the beach in Brazil, and the ship has had a school named after her in Sierra Leone.
The Falkland Islands Government has announced a three-year development plan. Our Correspondent Harold Briley has been looking at it
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Falklands Councillors have reacted in a typical British philosophical manner following the Argentine Government's rejection of their ?let's conserve the fish stocks' letter, which was sent to LA NACION and CLARIN.
While Councillor Mike Summers outspokingly called the Buenos Aires Government, ?predictably pathetic', Councillor Richard Cockwell adopted a more restrained approach and called the Argentine response ?negative'.
La Nacion's front page headline today says Malvinas: Surprise Message toArgentina.