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'.
Argentina today reaffirmed its inalienable determination to recover sovereignty over the Malvinas/Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, with tomorrow marking 168 years of British occupation of those territories.
The Falklands Governor Mr Donald Lamont has denied reports that weapons and explosives were found on board a small dingy ? capable of holding 3 people ? which was discovered on a beach near Salvador on East Falklands several days ago. The dingy which was powered by a small outboard motor, contained ration packs and food of Argentine origin, and Military style kit, but according to the Governor ?No Argentine flag was found'.
Four consortia are being asked to bid for a possible Private Finance Initiative deal to provide an air-to-air refuelling service for the Royal Air Force, Defence Procurement Minister Baroness Symons announced.
The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Invincible which played a crucial part in winning the 1982 Falklands War has been given a new lease of life.
A General Election in the Falkland Islands is likely to be held in the ?3rd week of November 2001' according to Councillor Mike Summers.
An outstanding SAS officer who took part in the recovery of South Georgia during the 1982 Falklands War has been appointed to one of the Army's top posts - Deputy Commander-in-Chief of United Kingdom Land forces