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Message from the Falkland Islands Government on the 28th Anniversary of the invasion by Argentina

Friday, April 2nd 2010 - 00:48 UTC
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Today we remember the events of 2 April 1982 which led to the deaths of over nine hundred people in the Falkland Islands over a period of 74 days.

For those personally involved in the war, and their families, today will bring back sad and painful memories.

In Britain, the Falkland Islands and in Argentina, the families of the fallen will be reflecting on the events of 1982. Two hundred and fifty five British servicemen, three Falkland Islanders as well as six hundred and forty nine Argentine servicemen lost their lives in the war. Many more were wounded, physically and mentally. Some will never recover.

For many years, Falkland Islanders have welcomed next of kin visits from both Britain and Argentina. Only last October, under the auspices of the Argentine Families Commission, three hundred and seventy five relatives visited the Falklands to rededicate the Argentine cemetery at Darwin. It is right and proper that these visits should continue.

Many veterans from both sides have also visited the Falkland Islands to ease the pain of that conflict. We welcome them and pay tribute to their courage.

Twenty eight years after the war, the Falkland Islands are a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom with the inalienable right to determine our own future. It is appropriate that, on this day, we should re-emphasise our wish to seek peaceful co-operation with our neighbours as full participating members of the South Atlantic community, working with each other to ensure that never again will the tragedy of 1982 be repeated.

Those who made the supreme sacrifice on both sides would expect nothing less of us.

Members of the Legislative Assembly, Falkland Islands Government

 

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • jorge!

    - Very moving message. At this moment all the news channels are broadcasting Malvinas Athem sang live by veterans. It is midnight here. Now April 2.

    .....“Twenty eight years after the war, the Falkland Islands are a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom with the inalienable right to determine our own future.”......

    - We don't agree with that from this side.

    ....“It is appropriate that, on this day, we should re-emphasise our wish to seek peaceful co-operation with our neighbours as full participating members of the South Atlantic community”......

    - We think that is not the wish of UK.

    .......“working with each other to ensure that never again will the tragedy of 1982 be repeated.”.......

    - That responsibility is in your hands too!

    This is our goal:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adl3dfiH6ug&feature=player_embedded

    Apr 02nd, 2010 - 03:25 am 0
  • Hoytred

    The loss of life was down to Argentine beligerence and they've never had the courage to apologise as they should. The one good thing that came out of 1982 is that the Falkland Islanders have become self determining and have the future in their own hands. Argentina lost all credibility and no longer has any say in the matter.

    What Argentina agrees with is unimportant, what Argentina thinks is unimportant. what Argentina's goals are are unimportant. In 1982 Argentina managed an own goal and they will now never be able to claim the islands. And that's good Jorge, it really is no problem for anyone except Argentina, and Britain doesn't give a damn.

    Apr 02nd, 2010 - 06:22 am 0
  • jorge!

    It seems to me you care a lot since you are every day here posting bullshit.
    I don't know where you live, but surely not in the islands, since there are many people there that despite not agreeing with our claim recognize there is a conflict/problem and it must be solved through talking. However, you will post your crap over and over again saying there is no problem.
    BTW, you've never answered me, Why do you take time to reply me among others and read about this if you say there is no problem???? Seems it doesn't make sense. By replying me and reading about this, you are recognizing there is a problem.
    Sorry man, wishes have a limit. I wish I had 10 million of dolars, but I shoudn't rob a bank to get them.
    Islanders wish they had self-determination, but they shoudn't have it in another country's terretory.

    Apr 02nd, 2010 - 06:39 am 0
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