The Families' Commission which groups the next-of-kin of Argentine servicemen killed during the 1982 South Atlantic War responsible for building a monument to the fallen of the conflict to be constructed at the Argentine Cemetery at Darwin said yesterday that they were extremely optimistic that the project would get underway in the New Year.
Speaking after the organisation's last meeting of the year, Families Commission president Hector Cisneros told MercoPress "the Commission wishes to thank all those people and institutions who throughout a very difficult year 2002 have contributed in different ways to support the construction of the Monument to the Fallen to be built at the Argentine Cemetery at Darwin."
Cisneros added that "this Commission would like ? in the name of the next of kin of those who fell during the conflict ? extend our sincere thanks to all those people who ? not withstanding some stumbling blocks encountered along the way, which we have been able to overcome thanks to the efforts of many ? have contributed so that this project continues advancing slowly but safely."
Despite some recent local press speculation about the feasibility of this project Cisneros said "we remain optimistic that with the same tenacity and patience we have had so far and with all the good will we have found among all those involved in this project, we shall see it come to fruition shortly, thus fulfilling the families' most cherished desire."
According to Argentine Foreign Ministry sources consulted by MercoPress the Argentine government is getting increasingly irritated by a recent string of press articles about the Darwin Monument which - in their view - had been written "by ill informed journalists making ludicrous statements about this project for their own aims, views which are not shared by the Foreign Ministry" the usually well informed source said adding that, like Cisneros, the government was pleased that the project was moving ahead "slowly but surely."
Nicholas Tozer, (MP) Buenos Aires