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.