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Alan Duncan KCMG MP has been appointed as Minister of State at the Foreign Office, responsible for Europe and the Americas. He replaces Hugo Swire MP, and will report to the new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Sir Alan (59) remit will include NATO, the Americas, the Falklands, Gibraltar and polar regions.
Mark Kent, the new British Ambassador to Argentina formally presented copies of diplomatic credentials to Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Foradori last week, marking the start of a four-year stint as London’s representative in Buenos Aires. Kent, who was British Ambassador to Thailand from 2012 until April of this year, replaces John Freeman.
French maritime authorities have released the engine room fire incident report of cruise Le Boreal on 17 November 2015, which forced the air evacuation of some 90 passengers and crew to the Falkland Islands, while the rest were transferred to her sister ship L'Áustral. According to the report the fire was due to a clogged fuel filter element, which was disassembled under pressure by a crewmember and thus started leaking fuel.
Leaders from the British Overseas Territories meeting in the Turks and Caicos Islands, TCI, this week heard that the UK will not forget them once it begins its negotiations to exit the European Union, according to the Caribbean media.
Diane Simsovic has been announced as the new Head of Policy for the Falkland Islands Government. Simsovic is Canadian and has more than 35 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, with a background working at municipal, provincial and federal levels of Government, primarily focussing on economic development and growth. Ms Simsovic has also previously worked in environmental engineering and management consultancy.
Argentina's collaboration strategy towards the UK and the Falkland Islands, if it means integrating the Islanders in any discussions relative to their lives and future, which is only of their concern, this is positive, according to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, interviewed by Argentina's official news agency Telam.
Economic, social, health and environmental issues, as well as the relationship between Overseas Territories (OT`s) and the United Kingdom, will be discussed at the upcoming Pre-Joint Ministerial conference to be held in the Caribbean Turks and Caicos islands. The Falkland Islands will be represented by MLA Roger Edwards and Gibraltar by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.
We'll be back with Cristina, and we'll be back in Malvinas, said Argentina's world football ex-star Diego Armando Maradona before leaving Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego where he spent mini vacations.
”The future of the Falkland Islands looks promising”, according to an independent investigation made by Eduardo Calderon, Daniel Haering and Andres Marroquin from the University Francisco Marroquin (UFM) and unveiled in Guatemala.
'Suspend Falkland/Malvinas sovereignty claim until 2033', when hopefully Argentina becomes attractive
Argentina's former foreign minister Dante Caputo has proposed suspending the sovereignty claim over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands until 2033, when the 200th anniversary of the “British occupation” because according to his own words, “the multilateral path no longer yields a result”. And he emphasized, “they will come when the country becomes attractive for the Argentines”.