A Falklands war veteran has said that Everton’s player Ramiro Funes Mori is “entitled to his opinion“ after a controversial tweet went viral. The Argentine defender posted, Las Malvinas son argentinas which translates as “the Falkland Islands are Argentine” on the anniversary of Argentina’s invasion of the Falklands, April 2nd.
The Falkland Islands...one of the last great wilderness destinations on the planet, where your trip becomes an adventure. Four wheel drives are our mode of transport, and our little planes will take you to islands abundant with penguins, albatrosses and petrels that are there for you alone to discover and enjoy.
Anger has been expressed in the Falkland Islands this week over a letter which was sent to the Argentine Governor of Tierra del Fuego, Rosana Bertone, by a representative of the National Geographic Foundation. The letter, dated February 8, contains an apology for the appearance of the label ‘Falkland Islands’ instead of ‘Malvinas Islands’ on photos published on Instagram, which were taken here.
National Geographic has apologized to Tierra del Fuego governor Rosana Bertone for publishing in Instagram pictures identified as taken in the Falklands, instead of the Malvinas Islands. According to Ushuaia reports, aware of this situation, the Environment Secretary of Tierra del Fuego Mauro Pérez Toscani, on instructions from Ms Bertone addressed the National Geographic Foundation to express disappointment and demaning rectification of the Malvinas controversy.
In advance of January 3rd, when Argentina recalls the date in 1833 in which allegedly British forces “illegally” occupied the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands, the foreign ministry, Palacio San Martín, released a statement reaffirming its imprescriptible and inalienable sovereignty rights over the South Atlantic archipelago. This is the 185th anniversary of the event.
Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra thanked countries attending the XXV IberoAmerian summit in Colombia for their support to Argentina's sovereignty claim over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands and the compliance of UN resolutions calling for dialogue with the UK. A brief release from the Argentine ministry said “we are grateful for the support we have received from the IberoAmerican space on the Malvinas question”.
Tierra del Fuego province will be taken into account in all issues referred to the Malvinas Islands, South Atlantic and Antarctica, the provincial deputy governor Juan Carlos Arcando said in Ushuaia following his attendance to Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra's Senate hearing in Buenos Aires on Wednesday morning.
Foreign minister Susana Malcorra said that the Falklands/Malvinas issue has “an enormous emotional content”, but as her country's main diplomat her duty is to ensure a dialogue that can advance, in the best possible way, on all issues. The minister also described the Mercosur relation with Brazil as “inexorable”, which is beyond ideologies underlining the significance of Brazil's Michel Temer recent visit to Argentina.
Argentina's flag carrier Aerolineas Argentinas has been caught with its official bi-lingual magazine, Alta, committing a major sin. The magazine can be found in all aircraft seat pockets and in a reference to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, the company apparently apologized for having committed a translation excess.
The Falkland Islands and Falkland Islanders must be addressed as if they were Argentines or foreigners living in mainland Argentina, which means a more “normal relation” with the Islands including extending healthcare services, education and even greater air connectivity, according to the latest column from Martin Dinatale, editor in chief of La Nacion who in a previous piece revealed the “humanitarian approach” the government of Mauricio Macri has in mind on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute.