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Malvinas next of kin in Falklands for maintenance jobs at Argentine cemetery

Saturday, December 3rd 2011 - 08:29 UTC
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The Argentine Memorial that holds the remains of 234 combatants The Argentine Memorial that holds the remains of 234 combatants

A group from the Malvinas fallen soldiers next of kin Committee is travelling this Saturday to the Falkland Islands for the upkeep and maintenance of the monument at the Argentine cemetery in Darwin.

The party is made up of the Committee’s president Delmira de Cao, pro-secretary Salvador Vargas together with an architect and an engineer from Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 the group that helped finance and build the memorial where the remains of Argentine soldiers, many of them unidentified are buried.

According to a release from the Committee the party will also present a request before the Falklands Planning and Building Committee to build two walls adjoining the Memorial so that the visiting next of kin can stamp remembrance plaques which Argentine visitors normally carry to honour the fallen combatants.

The Planning and Building Committee from the Falklands government decides on construction issues in the Islands.

The original cemetery became a Memorial in 2004 when the new structure was finished at a declared cost of a million dollars and financed by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the group which has the concession of all major Argentine airports and Carrasco, in Montevideo Uruguay.

The memorial includes a small shrine with Argentina’s saint patron and in 127 of the 234 graves at the foot of a white cross is a small flat plaque that reads “An Argentine soldier known unto God” in Spanish, “Soldado Argentino Solo Conocido por Dios”.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Papamoa

    Heres hoping its not a publicity stunt, and a geniune expression of love for there fallen soldiers.

    Dec 03rd, 2011 - 04:31 pm 0
  • Braedon

    so year after year argentina and argentines try as hard as they can to make life hell for the islanders, but the moment they want to ship some of the very same men who tried in 82 to subjugate them to a genocidal third world nation, for what looks like another propaganda stunt aimed at furthering the attempts to hurt them, the islanders are expected to accommodate them and act with kindness?

    still this is not to be unexpected, given argentina's quite delusional entitlement complex. the same nation which thinks it had the god given right to conquer and exterminate vast tracts of land and yet scream how unfair it is for Britain to beat it to the Falklands, clearly expects that it's unprovoked attacks and shrieking hostility towards the islanders does not matter, and that while they treat the islanders with nothing but hatred, treachery and contempt, they must be treated with utmost respect and reverence by the islanders.

    in my opinion the islanders should simply block this and every future visit by any argentine, and make preparations to perform a burial at sea in argentine waters of ALL argentine remains so long as argentina continues it's policies against the islanders

    maybe then argentina will fully realize just how unwanted it is in the Falklands, and will finally learn some desperately needed humility

    Dec 03rd, 2011 - 04:50 pm 0
  • Britishbulldog

    2 Braedon. No Argentine should be on those Islands not one. Turn them back when they land and tell them to take the remains with them, because as long as just one dead Argentine soldier remains on the Falklands then he will be used for propaganda purposes along with his family.

    I think its going to far in saying that they should be buried at sea. I am sure their family's would rather have them in their own local cemetery so that they can visit them whenever they wish after all its not the fault of the ordinary person in Argentina that they are bullied by successive Governments in Argentina into performing every year in this fashion...

    Its showing a little disrespect to these soldiers many who did not want to be there in the first place to just dump them into the sea.

    God I must be getting soft in my old age to be saying such things.

    Dec 03rd, 2011 - 07:27 pm 0
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