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Visiting officials to Argentina will have pay homage at the Malvinas cenotaph

Saturday, April 2nd 2011 - 19:42 UTC
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The Malvinas memorial in Buenos Aires The Malvinas memorial in Buenos Aires

Argentina will change its official protocol for visiting officials: besides the traditional flower wreath at the monument of General Jose de San Martin, visitors will also have to pay homage to the fallen in the Malvinas Islands at the cenotaph with their names at the Wall pages.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner made the announcement Saturday in Rio Gallegos during the event commemorating 2 April 1982, also known as the Malvinas War Fallen and Veterans Day.

“This does not make us a belligerent or warmonger nation, on the contrary it makes a nation of memory and of honour” said Cristina Fernandez.

She added that the XXI century will belong not belong to those that have the most powerful weapons but rather to those “countries with dignity, honour and manage to remain united and develop science and intelligence”.

The Malvinas memorial in Buenos Aires is located in the San Martin Plaza and similar to the Vietnam memorial has stark plaques with lists of names of Argentines who died in the conflict.

An eternal flame burns over a metallic image of the Islands, and the three main branches of the military, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, each guard the monument in 2-week rotations.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • malen

    You must be refering to José de San Martín (no San Martí), Libertador de Argentina, Chile y Perú are so prouruguayan and probritish you dont know him
    I heard her and I dont remember saying that of San Martín, yes that every school should have a classroom called like one of our Malvinas combatientes

    Apr 02nd, 2011 - 08:04 pm 0
  • googer62

    Forcing visiting officials to pay homage ? Does that mean that voluntarily they normally have no wish to ? sounds very Argentine to me. If you can't get your own way then use force. Most macho. I rather think this one may bite them in the rear end :-)

    Apr 02nd, 2011 - 08:12 pm 0
  • briton

    Visiting officials to Argentina will have pay homage at the Malvinas cenotaph
    [this we have got to see] down bitch and kiss my ass ???

    Apr 02nd, 2011 - 08:39 pm 0
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