Tag: Foreign Office

Foreign Office
Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 00:00 UTC

Foreign Office stretched “almost to the limit”, warns Parliament: “a more realistic approach needed”

Foreign Secretary Hague is implementing a challenging spending cut program at a time of international turbulence

The Foreign Office is being stretched “almost to the limit” as it attempts to cut spending at a time of international turbulence while having to cope with additional demands such as the London Olympics, MPs have said.

Thursday, December 19th 2013 - 06:25 UTC

UK claims Argentina escalating Falklands dispute to divert public opinion from economic problems

Minister Simmonds made the statements to a parliamentary committee

Britain accused the Argentine government on Tuesday of revving up a dispute over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands to try to divert public opinion attention away from the country's severe economic problems.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013 - 09:17 UTC

Overseas Territories meeting begins in London with a speech from Minister Simmonds

Minister Simmonds will also open a major UK/OTs business forum on Thursday

The annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) which brings together political leaders from the Overseas Territories and UK Ministers takes off in London on Tuesday, hosted by the FCO Minister for the Overseas Territories Mark Simmonds MP.

Tuesday, September 17th 2013 - 06:45 UTC

Falklands receives visit of lawmakers from Panama’s National Assembly

MLA Elsby, Krysteen and the president of the Foreign Affairs Commission Dalia Bernal (L) during the April visit to Panama

A group of Panama National Assembly members has arrived in the Falkland Islands for a week long visit. The party is headed by Foreign Affairs Commission president Dalia Bernal and includes Yaniel Abrego, president of the Education Commission, lawmaker Renaul Dominguez and Jorge Gantes legal advisor of the Foreign Affaris Committee.

Wednesday, July 31st 2013 - 05:12 UTC

Insulza meets Hague and presents report on the Drug Problem in the Americas at Chatham House

Foreign Secretary and OAS Secretary General at the Foreign Office

Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Tuesday presented in London the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas during a forum organized by Chatham House in which political authorities and experts in the issue took part.

Tuesday, May 21st 2013 - 06:45 UTC

Falkland Islands: it’s a three-side debate; Argentina must recognize Islanders right to decide their future

Foreign Office minister Swire: Falklands would gladly resume cooperation agreements with Argentina but with no sovereignty discussions

UK conditioned a possible re-launching of agreements on hydrocarbons and fisheries in the South Atlantic to Argentina accepting ‘there will be no sovereignty negotiations’ regarding the Malvinas Islands and called for the Argentine government to respect the wishes of the Falkland Islanders.

Saturday, May 4th 2013 - 09:03 UTC

UK minister warns waters row escalation with Spain could damage Gibraltar’s economy

“Unlawful incursions by Spanish State vessels are violations of the UK’s sovereignty, they are not a threat to our sovereignty”, said Lidington

UK Minister for Europe David Lidington has warned that an escalation of tension with Spain in the waters row could damage Gibraltar’s prosperity and wider UK interests and pointed out that the incursions were not “an armed attack or invasion” and that the response to them must be proportionate.

Thursday, May 2nd 2013 - 07:37 UTC

Falkland Islands’ economy ‘strangling’ and intimidation by Argentina reported in British media

Twelve Argentine ‘intimidation’ incidents against cruise vessels were reported this last season. (Photo by H. Briley)

Argentina’s ongoing attempts to strangle the Falkland Islands economy by intimidating cruise vessels from calling at Stanley and other islands has been picked up by the Daily Mail in an article written by Ian Drury.

Friday, February 22nd 2013 - 17:38 UTC

Foreign Office pledges more marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Fish Fight’ program was dedicated to the South Georgia and South Sandwich fisheries  (Photo: N. Crudden)

The Foreign Office said that the UK is striving to ensure that all fishing undertaken in the Southern Ocean is carefully managed and sustainable and that the current FCO focus is supporting international work to establish a network of Southern Ocean Marine Protected Areas.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 23:50 UTC

Hague ‘open’ to Timerman but if talks refer to Falklands, Islanders should be present

Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday that he continues ‘open’ to a meeting with his peer from Argentina, Hector Timerman, although he insisted that if the talks refer to Falklands’ issues, representatives from the Islands should be present.

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