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Chilean journalist reflects on Falklands’ sovereignty dispute

Friday, February 18th 2011 - 05:50 UTC
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Journalist and writer Raul Sohr in the Falklands Journalist and writer Raul Sohr in the Falklands

The benefit of encouraging opinion makers to visit the Falklands was demonstrated when an article translated as “Petrol sets the Falklands on fire” appeared on the website, written by recent visitor and Chilean writer and journalist, Raúl Sohr.

More than 2,000 words in length, and with headings such as Petroleum, The Military Situation and The Diplomatic Front, the article gives a very reasonable and balanced account of a number of aspects of our existence, beginning with the Argentine Government’s attempts to interfere with shipping to and from the Islands and the loss of up to 11 million US dollars annually suffered by businesses in Punta Arenas.

Reflecting that there appears to be no obvious solution to the sovereignty debate, Raúl says the discovery of oil will add to the intransigence of both sides, with countries in the region like Chile being forced to take sides, at least in some aspects.

He says: “It is the nature of such conflicts that they rarely benefit anyone, but can harm many.”

The comments from his Chilean readers which follow also are of interest, with one writer claiming 89% of Chileans supported the British in 1982, because they knew that if successful in the Falklands, General Galtieri’s next step would have been to invade Chile.

One Chilean who says he is convinced it is both right and much better for us to be British, goes back in time to mention that the Argentine Government took advantage of Chile being engaged in defending its borders to the north to take Patagonia from Chile, and adds that to those who believe Argentina has always owned all the territory it currently claims, it should be pointed out that Mendoza was founded by the Chileans, who also formed a large portion of San Martin’s army of liberation.

The tendency in South America for historical disputes over territory to live on well past their sell-by date is also demonstrated by one obviously Argentinean writer who urges: “It should not be forgotten that the British tried to take the whole of Argentina by force in 1806 and 1807,” and goes on to claim that it was because of this failure that “the dirty British” took the Falklands in 1833.

By John Fowler - Penguin News - Stanley


Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Think

    To: Mr. John Fowler, Penguin News

    A pity that instead of commenting on the topics of this well written piece by Chilean journalist, Raúl Sohr, you choose to use more than 50% of the article’s space on presenting the ramblings of anonymous commentators…………..

    A primitive move that reduces even more the little journalistic quality that the Penguin News has left.

    Not even MercoPress would dedicate half of an article to the ramblings of anonymous posters like “Agent006”, “Jorge”, “Briton”, “I”, “Justin Kuntz” or even that crazy geezer “Think” ;-)

    I couldn’t help noticing that Mr.Sohr’s mentions, more than once, that Punta Arenas business to the islands amounted to seven (7) million dollars*….
    *(“Punta Arenas factura unos siete millones de dólares anuales por provisiones a las islas”)

    But in your comment about his article you write:
    (”The loss of up to 11 million US dollars annually suffered by businesses in Punta Arenas.”)

    Way to go………+57% increase ; courtesy of Penguin News………….

    Feb 18th, 2011 - 07:31 am 0
  • Redhoyt

    These translation programmes aren't very good ... but I noticed an excessive use of the word 'kelpers' in the article which demeans the author!

    Other than that it didn't seem to say very much really.

    Feb 18th, 2011 - 07:44 am 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Typical small scale journalism....not very much to write about....and not very good.

    We had a murder the other day outside a would have thought it was the single greatest event to happen in the towns history the way the Town Crier Journalists set about it (with the usual punctuation errors).

    Feb 18th, 2011 - 08:18 am 0
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