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Falklands’ government thanks FCO minister Browne for strong support

Wednesday, May 19th 2010 - 17:20 UTC
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Liberal MP Jeremy Browne Liberal MP Jeremy Browne

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) sent Wednesday a letter of congratulations to the new Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth, Jeremy Browne MP, who has responsibility for South America and the Overseas Territories.
FIG also thanked Mr. Browne for his strong stand in support of Falklands’ interests.

In the letter Members of the Falklands’ Legislative Assembly said they looked forward to working with Mr. Browne for the mutual benefit of the British government and the Falkland Islands and hoped that his schedule would allow him to visit the Islands soon.

The letter also thanked Mr Browne for his strong statement of support following to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner’s call for sovereignty negotiations at the opening session of the EU-Latin American summit in Madrid Tuesday.

In his statement, Mr Browne said: “We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. The principle of self determination as set out in the UN charter applies. There cannot be negotiation on sovereignty unless and until the Falkland Islanders so wish. The Lisbon Treaty clearly reaffirms the EU position that the Falkland Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.”

The letter was signed by Member of the Legislative Assembly Spokesperson Bill Luxton.

Mr Luxton said that MLAs are very pleased at Mr Browne’s appointment, as he has demonstrated an interest in Falklands’ affairs for some time.

Mr Browne had met with Sukey Cameron, the Government’s Representative in London, for a briefing meeting on issues of concern to Islanders.

According to the FCO website Jeremy Browne was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 14 May 2010. He has been the Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane since May 2005.

He has held various positions in the Liberal Democrat party, including as spokesman on Foreign Affairs and most recently as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Mr. Browne has also been a member of the cross-party Home Affairs Committee.

Jeremy grew up in many different countries including Iran and Zimbabwe. He studied politics at Nottingham University and has worked in the private sector in finance and global communications.

Jeremy relaxes by watching Somerset play cricket at the County Ground and suffers the regular frustrations of being a Queens Park Rangers supporter.

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  • NicoDin

    Ha,ha, ha how cynics the UK’s politicians are.

    Just for fun to prove my point lets write a letter to the Pomy politician saying that “we the Falkland Islanders want to become part of Argentina” you will see what would be the response.

    “EU position that the Falkland Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom”

    Another stupidity from Mr. Photo opportunity MP, if he sustains that Malvinas is an overseas territory automatically his is recognizing that the disputes is with UK. Leaving the Islanders just as people without any determination. Because is a territory of UK and UK is in the North Sea and the islands are 14,000 km away.

    So Jeremy is UK’s territory or the Islander’s territory? I don’t get it.

    Another clown that saw the opportunity to appear in the newspaper for free.

    Well done and this is the people that will save UK from the collapse?

    Umm, sad very sad indeed fellows.

    Your future will be very, very gloomy and full of woes especially if you mess with Argentina.

    May 19th, 2010 - 06:01 pm 0
  • ivo

    where are the Australian aborigins and Torres Strait Islanders'
    self- determination rights !!??

    here are the some massacres of Brits on aborigins in Australia :

    1830 ; [ Fremantle massacre ] by Commnder. Irwin .....

    1833-34 ; [ Covincing Ground massacre],Victoria..whale hunters...

    1838 ; [Waterloo Creek massacre]..on women..children...

    1928 ; [Coniston massacre ] ..revenge of W.Murray...

    May 19th, 2010 - 06:19 pm 0
  • agent0060

    @NicoDin. You really are a dummy, aren't you? The Falkland Islands are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom with its own government. The United Kingdom retains “responsibility” for foreign affairs and defence. Note that the Falkland Islands Government is fully in agreement with Mr Browne's statement.
    But you don't get it. I'm not surprised. It takes at least 2 brain cells to recognise the obvious.
    Mess with Argentina? That was a joke, right? On the available evidence, you are just immigrants who have never been anything worthwhile, aren't anything worthwhile now and are unlikely to ever be anything worthwhile. Try to remember that, last time round, we gave you a gentle smack to remind you not to mess with the big boys. Next time, I'd recommend direct action against the belligerent. That means missile strikes on Argentine military, economic and industrial locations. Fancy 64 Tomahawk cruise missiles, do you?

    May 19th, 2010 - 06:55 pm 0
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