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Falklands’ land mine clearance set to enter a new expanded phase in early 2012

Thursday, December 8th 2011 - 20:01 UTC
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Robin Swanson, head of the Demining Program Office and visiting the Falkland Islands this week ahead of the new phase of land-mine clearance due to start early next year, confirmed that the forthcoming planned clearances will advance the demining process from the pilot stage to a more advanced “land release” phase. Read full article

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  • xbarilox

    still dealing with that sh*t? after all these years?

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    They have no other choice...
    They don´t want to let us have more reasons to increase international preasure.

    “The only part of argentinian territory with landmines is islas Malvinas”, said Patricio Kingsland, member of the argentinian embassy in Malasya.

    Stuart Casey Maslen, an expert part of the International Campain to Ban Landmines asked the UK to allow Argentina clean the 200.000 mines in Malvinas, if the UK refuses to do so...

    Argentinian policy is really making the UK move...
    An airport in St Helena...
    Now cleaning landmines...

    Good good! Shake you bom bom!

    Oh no! It was all already in the UK plans and it has nothing to do with Argentina! How stupid I am!
    Right! Just like sending the blue prince to jumping off a helo in Malvinas for the 30s aniversary of the war... Nothing to do with Argentina, no provocation!

    :)

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 08:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    Argentinian policy is really making the UK move...
    An airport in St Helena

    All Westminster Hall debates on 17 Mar 2009
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2009-03-17b.209.0

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 09:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    Just goes to show how much argentina loves the Falklands by planting land mines all over the place and not keeping accurate records so that they can kill and maim children!!! what cowards and low life scum they truly are.
    Long Live the Falklands.

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 09:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    Or could it be that the Falkland Islanders, knowing and having fenced off where is suspect to the point where they might lose the very occasional sheep.
    Meanwhile they've asked that the British government (who have agreed) to clear an equivalent area in Angola and Cambodia where people are actually being maimed and killed by the evil things.

    I'm sure that the Argentinians would be capable of clearing the minefields, anyone can be a mine detector once... The point is that the clearance of minefields is the responsibility of the country whree the minefield is, and no matter how many different forums they witter at about it, the Falkland Islands aren't Argentinan territory.

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 10:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4fsfd_ricky-martin-shake-your-bon-bon_music

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 10:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    I was getting worried about MercoPiss, they almost missed the sixty days mine update dictated by the British colonial government in Malvinas.

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 10:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/14/falklands-economic-crisis-politics-argentina?INTCMP=SRCH

    Some one in the UK doesn`t hide reality! How come did I miss this article?

    Keep spending money...

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 11:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Beef

    Islas - the reason no one cares for that article is that it is written in The Guardian! You will find more relevant news in the Beano than in that paper which is read only by GROLIIES (Guardian Readers Of Limited Intelligence In Ethnic Skirts)! Sounds just your kind of rag.

    Regarding landmines, perhaps some Argentine scrap metal merchants could come and dig them up for recycling; on the other hand best not, they might break a nail!

    Dec 08th, 2011 - 11:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Beef, The Guardian is more focused in international news and is one of the most read English-language news site in the world, inform yourself.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 01:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • livin' in argentina

    Argentina should be made to pay to disarm them. Don't bother to send any “experts” though.
    Real “heroes” setting them up eh? What bravery. I can see why the rest of South America adore you.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 01:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    @11 Argentina offered to remove all the mines in the past, inform yourself.
    I can see why the rest of the world adore Britain as well.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 01:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    MoreCrap - the last time there were a lot of Argies on the Islands it caused trouble !

    Or didn't you notice ?

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 02:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • geoff

    The problem with removing the mines is that no one knows precisely where they all are!! Professional armies make detailed maps when laying these hideous weapons so that they can be located and removed after the conflict is over-terrorists and rabble do not.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 03:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • livin' in argentina

    @12
    “Argentina offered to remove all the mines in the past, inform yourself”.

    I'm informing you to read the sentence S-L-O-W-L-E-Y. Argentina should be made to PAY for removal. NOT bring a load of Muppets on day release to disarm them.
    OMG that would be funny to watch. The professionals eh?
    How many Argentine bomb disposal expert's would it take to disarm a mine?

    “I can see why the rest of the world adore Britain as well”.

    Good. your learning. Have you left Argentina?

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 04:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    I doubt that they let him out of the institution, let alone the country !

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 06:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JuanStanic

    How dare you think that the British government would allow Argentina to clear the mines? It would be practically an scandal for them. They can't loose such an image battle

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 07:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Beef

    Marcos - considering the number of non UK students enrolling at UK universities this year then it does appear that the world does adore the UK. Plenty of Argentine students with the cash are deciding to leave Argentina and take their money with them. Perhaps it is clearer to see why many educated Argentine youth want to get out as quickly as possible?

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 08:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    Quite apart from the sovereignty implications, it really wouldn't be practical for Argentines to do it. The teams from Zimbabwe live as part of the community, especially working in Camp. How would that work for Argentines in a place where some landowners wouldn't allow Argentines on their land? I wouldn't give much for their chances of getting served in the stores or clubs either. This would be the posting from hell for anyone from Argentina- you couldn't ask anyone to do it.

    Of course you could pay some money towards the costs but that isn't going to happen is it? You only want to use it for propaganda purposes so you can say you are clearing the mines from 'your territory'. I predicated that was the case and I was right. Poor old Think- you must despair of your own people sometimes. We expect the worst from them and they never fail to disappoint.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 08:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I think there is a much bigger problem in letting Argies demine anything on the Falklands.

    WHO in their right mind would trust the pratts to do the job correctly AND that is without the possibility that they would deliberately leave a few mines in place to kill the despised pirats (sic).

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 02:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zethe

    “Beef, The Guardian is more focused in international news and is one of the most read English-language news site in the world, inform yourself.”

    Inform YOURSELF. It's not.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    The guardian has an internet audience - in Britain it's a minor newspaper !

    Dec 11th, 2011 - 06:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    The argentine abuse of its own people is a clear indicator of how it would carry out the ethnic cleansing of the Falklanders, this will not be allowed to happen! and Britain will do whatever it takes to allow the free liberty enjoyed on the Islands so the Falklands can decide there own future.
    Long Live the Falklands.

    Dec 11th, 2011 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SamSalzman

    Just leave them there. They were put there to prevent a landing and I am sure that even today they work just as well on Argentines as on British.

    Dec 13th, 2011 - 06:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JuanStanic

    @23 Papamoa

    And how it's than we have one of the best living standards in Latin America?
    Besides, I have been to Europe, and many people in the country(except for the North) don't have nothing to envy to you.

    Dec 13th, 2011 - 10:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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