Tag: Falklands / Malvinas

Falklands / Malvinas
Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Argentina's message to UK and US: “utterly ridiculous considering any regional country a threat.”

“I will not appeal to sovereignty. I will appeal to common sense. It is absolutely ridiculous considering any of us (regional countries) a threat.”

Addressing the Americas summit in Panama, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez strongly criticized United States policies towards the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela, and expressed 'surprise' at the parallelism between the Caracas/Washington current dispute and the latest round of Falklands' exchanges between London and her government. President Barack Obama was not present during the Argentine leader's speech on Saturday.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Falklands: Ambassador Castro refers ironically to Foreign Office summons

“It is pretty much unbelievable that they (FCO) should complain when they have been failing to abide by international law for 50 years,” said Ms Castro

Argentine ambassador in London, Alicia Castro complained about being summoned to the Foreign Office over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands dispute revealing she asked the British official if it was “an expression of British humor or a political paradox”, since the UK has failed to comply with international law for the last five decades.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 06:32 UTC

“Argentina poses no military threat to Malvinas. We need dialogue”, says Ambassador Castro

“It is striking that the British government that negotiated with the military dictatorships, is today refusing to talk to a democratic and popular government”.

On the occasion of the 2nd April, when Argentina commemorate the veterans and those fallen in the Malvinas conflict, and following the UK government’s recent announcement to increase military spending in the South Atlantic, the Embassy of Argentina wishes to reiterate the following statements from Ambassador Alicia Castro.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 06:03 UTC

Argentina poses no military threat to the Malvinas Islands. So why is the UK ratcheting up tension?

John Prescott, former deputy PM of Tony Blair, condemned British double standards in foreign policy: the Chagos people, wrote Ms Castro for The Independent

The following column by Alicia Castro (*) was published 02 April by the Independent - On 24 March, the day that a debate was held in Parliament over the increase in defense expenditure for the Malvinas Islands, Argentina was commemorating the anniversary of the 1976 military coup.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 03:28 UTC

Argentina ‘malvinazing’ history through ‘mature nationalism’ says president on Malvinas war 33rd anniversary

“A mature nationality that seeks international right, dialogue and not the militarization in the path to sovereignty” of Malvinas said Cristina Fernandez

Argentina is ‘malvinazing’ (Malvinas) its history, but not through chauvinist patriotism but mature nationalism that seeks international law and peace to recover sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands, said president Cristina Fernandez during the 33rd anniversary of the beginning of the South Atlantic conflict on 2 April 1982.

Wednesday, April 1st 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Argentine president main speaker at Falklands war ceremony and enshrinement of “Our Lady of Malvinas”

This will be the last time Cristina Fernandez heads the April 2 ceremonies recalling the beginning of the 1982 conflict with UK over the disputed Falklands

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will be the main speaker at the commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the start of the Falklands/Malvinas war, to be held April second in the city of Ushuaia and which will also include a political-religious ceremony.

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 09:47 UTC

Falklands' conflict hypothesis: Argentine Mirages are banned from flying on cloudy days

“We have no conflict hypothesis. We are programmed for a defense policy based on the development of our capabilities”, said Rossi

The Argentine government and media agree that the country does not have the military capacity to attack the Falkland Islands as feared by Britain. A report in daily La Nacion points out the Argentine armed forces lack landing crafts, troop transport vessels and even the Mirage fighter planes are banned from flying on cloudy days because of repeated problems with their instruments.

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 06:39 UTC

Argentina as a 'live threat' to the Falklands, triggers fury from Buenos Aires

The UK is guilty of “bringing up the ghost of a supposed Argentine threat in order to increase the military budget” said the foreign ministry

The government of President Cristina Fernandez accused the United Kingdom of using an alleged Argentine threat to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands in order to boost its military budget, while also claiming that the archipelago has been turned into an electoral campaign issue.

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 06:27 UTC

Falklands: no surge in troop numbers but upgraded infrastructure and £180 million in ten years

“Our forces in the South Atlantic are... at the level required for defense of the Falkland Islands against any potential threat”, said Defense Secretary Fallon

United Kingdom Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has dispelled media reports suggesting a surge in troop numbers was likely. Fallon on Tuesday outlined £180 million infrastructure spending plans, but told MPs numbers would remain at around 1,200 military and civilian personnel.

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 05:48 UTC

“Our Lady of Malvinas” arrives in Antarctica; she will be enshrined in Ushuaia on 2 April

“The idea of the initiative is to unite in the spirituality and in the Malvinas claim, all of the Argentine people” said war veteran Carlos Bonetti

The replica of an image at the Argentine Darwin cemetery and which was blessed by Pope Francis arrived this week to Argentina's Antarctica base Marambio, the last leg of its passage to Tierra del Fuego and austral islands, “where it will enshrined on 2 April, on a new anniversary of the Malvinas war”, according to the country's official news agency Telam.

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