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UK ambassador in Chile “concerned” with “economic blockade” on the Falklands

Wednesday, December 28th 2011 - 03:30 UTC
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The British Ambassador to Chile, Jon Benjamin, expressed on Tuesday UK’s “concern” over “countries that have joined” the Mercosur bloc in their decision to support Argentina, by putting in place a ban on ships flying the Malvinas Islands’ flag from docking at their ports. Read full article


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  • Lord Ton

    And we all know that what Chile says, and what Chile does, are often two completely different things :-)

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 03:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Brits can't stop crying lately...
    Get used to it :-)

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    We are not crying, Marcos. We're laughing at you.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 11:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    Grande Flaco, Marcos, don´t worry. We want the selfdetermination of our country without any stolen land pirate, Malvinas. The bastards of UK without any support. Kakakakakakakaka!

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Valle Ricardo

    When will Chile's leaders grow a backbone and stop bending over to Argentina?

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 12:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    FI is not recognized in Latinamerica... you´re only illegal occupants or Argentina´s islands. This is what the continent is clearly saying.
    Sooner or later the UK will have to accept this.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    The kelpers need to drink another kind of vitamins because they are not very clever (they stay in another country without UN law). Just believe that UK is God. Stolen land without international rules, selfdetermination of what?. Selfcritical with you, my friend.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 01:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Charle

    Islas m if you believe UK will ever change it's Falklands policy without Islanders asking us to you are nuts beyond belief. We will never deviate away from the principle of ensuring people have self determination and we'll use our considerable resources to make it happen. Falklands are a democracy Argenttina will never stop that.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 01:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @ Charle

    The UK does not give a dime about your “self fetermination” rights.
    It´s only an excuse.
    Argentina does not want to stop democracy.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 01:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    Charle, you are part of militar and economy UK strategy, just this. Thanks of this problem, Argentina grow up the nationalism and patriotic spirit for our land. Imagine the same situation if Argentina catchs the Man Island. Oversizes territories permited UK stablish control of maritime economy, but, when OT are part of another contry, you will never have liberty to do whatever you want. We don´t have any problem to fight 1, 2, 3 centuries for our right.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Charle

    Kipling I don't need to imagine what UK would do if Argentina had a legitimate claim to Islands near Uk. We have an independent nation a lot closer to our country than Falklands is to you it's called Sealand. We now get on very well with the sealand royal family including giving them dual citizenship of UK. Thhat I believe is how we'd act with any country with legitimate claims near our coast.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    kakaka, it is not Royal Family ...., perhaps you need to know international laws from 1600, 1700, 1800, I recommend in french, it is more easy to understand.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 04:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @4 What's with this “Kakakakakakakaka!”? Have you forgotten how to write W O R D S? There used to be some nutters (from South America, obviously) that used to put “Jajajajajajajaj” Equally stupid. Equally mindless. Equally brain-dead. Equally meaningless. I won't talk about your claims of stolen land. You don't have the intellect or intelligence to make it worthwhile.

    @6 In your dreams, child.

    @7 I do hope that you don't think that you are typing intelligible English. Never mind. They do say that, given enough time, a roomful of chimpanzees could write one of the great classics. Regrettably, you don't have the advantages enjoyed by chimpanzees.

    @9 Of course Argentina doesn't want to stop democracy (snigger). It hasn't found out what it is yet.

    @10 Try English, boy. But I'm glad you lot don't have a “problem to fight 1, 2, 3 centuries”. Britain doesn't really think in terms of such short periods of time. But at least we know how long you lot will be making yourselves available for target practice. You and your children and your parents and your wives and husbands and your town and your cities. I'm sure, since you all seem concerned with our financial situation, you won't mind if we use you all for bayonet practice as well. Straw dummies are getting soooo expensive, whilst there seems to be a never-ending supply of South American dummies. Are you up-to-date with how much CFK has creamed off you so far? Last time I looked her personal wealth had only increased by 572% between 2003 and 2009. Just wonder if, over the same period, YOUR 'personal wealth' increased in the same way. Have you got 600 pesos for every 10 you had in 2003? Argentine economic strategy. JOKE! You do know that every time CFK goes out of your cesspit she looks around for palaces she can live in when she figures she's taken enough of your money, don't you?

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    “Kakakakakaka” is “Hahahahaha”, in Portuguese.
    “Jajajajajajaja” is “Hahahahaha”, in Spanish.

    You´ll see the UK negotiating, believe me.

    Don´t you hear ir? Its the wind of change.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Don't hold your breath.
    And thanks for that translation, in explains some meanings.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 04:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    Thank you Islas Malvinas, it is so ignorant people from UK. What the hell teach there? De kerusa la merluza. Vô tchi kontar!!!!! Believe that any person all around the world wants to live in country that It doesn´t exist, is really be so stupid! Perhaps anybody earns some coins just for justify this travel. After that????

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    How many people have you ever even met from the UK. Doubt if many have travelled to the planet you live on.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    The Falklands will overcome any Blockade that the Latin american states try too impose on these PEACEFUL Islanders!!!!
    There RIGHT to choose their own Future is Safe in UK hands and it will remain a British Overseas territory for as long as they wish!!

    Long Live the Falklands.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    which kind Islanders?, just british of the second cathegory, militars and drunkers that wants to live alone. OT is just UK, it is not be respected for WORLD. Russia, China, what else?

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @14 I don't believe you. You are trying hard to convince yourself but nothing has changed and nothing will change unless the Falkland Islanders wish it.

    Maybe instead of all the threats, illegal blockades and insults you should try to win their hearts and minds. It is your only chance.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Both Russia and China have active space programs, so they will becoming your way before they bother us. Space cadet, Earth Out.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    21, yes, your brother was Hong Kong, India - Ghandi, URSS- Russia, yes so clear your ideia, what else? Hitler - Germany , French - Napoleon was your brother as well.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @20 ElaineB
    “You should try to win their hearts and minds”.
    ♥♥♥ Ohhhhh ♥♥♥

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 06:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    History is a very long and involved subject, including argentinian history.
    This about a situation in today, created by events before we were born and had no control over.
    This question is how do we settle it, with blockades! or recognition of peoples rights in today.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 06:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    Elaine, as you were my sister, why do live in a territory in despute? are you oil engeneer? writer? perhaps, you are lossing many things to do so far from UK. Maybe, you could study Shakespeare in Oxford, Ralph Emerson in Glasgow, read welsh in Cardiff, drink hot beer in London, enjoy in Paris about the old literature of Roland (Amadis de Gaula). Re think your spiritual live (I recommend reiki).
    and this
    Please, open your heart. My heart is so open!!!!

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Kipling amd Marcos - can either of you tell me where you experct relations between Argentina and the Falklands to be in say 3-5yrs time if you are successfull in the current campaign of blackmailing and bribing your neighbours to cut links with us?

    Shall I tell you what it will NOT achieve:
    It will never achieve any form of discussion on our future between Arg The Uk and the Islands.

    It will though make the islands become totally independent of the entire continent of S America and develop more of their own resources and further expand our current air and shipping links that do NOT involve S America.

    It will make it impossible for any Argentine to ever visit the Islands(unless they have a second passport of another nation) be they tourists,family relatives those buried in the war cemetery here, veterans who need to lay the past to history etc.

    Please explain to me how and where this policy is going to advance Argentina,s aim of takeover?
    Because buggered if I can see!

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 06:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    26 - Visits for relative and veterans to graves should not be stopped, it is no longer their fight. That should be the difference between you. How you conduct vourselves.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @26 Totaly independent? You´ll totaly depend on the UK and it willingness to keep paying for your living... if there´s such a long lasting thing....

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @26 You have to wonder if there is any real will from the Argentine government. They must be aware that their actions are impotent and they make absolutely no effort to take the matter to the ICJ.

    One can only assume it is being used as Juan Peron intended. To unite a divided population against a common (invented) enemy and as a distraction.


    Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @27 If the RGs stop the LAN flights then it will be them that have stopped people from visiting the war graves... yet another own goal.

    Maybe Argentina should be called the South American Centipede ... they shoot themselves in the foot that often........

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @29 When did you hear about “friendly invadors”?

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    31 Islas Malvinarse....

    So tell me how is Argentina going to force the UK to negotiate? Is the tactic to make such a deafening whining noise that we will negotiate to shut you up :)

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 08:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @32 Argentina will never shut up. There´s not such a thing as a Full Stop untill both parties come to an agreement. So you´ll hear us clear and loud. The UK can hide his head in the ground like an ostrich... but eventualy it´ll have to see the outside world.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 08:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    Islander, you don´t understand or don´t want to understand, The relationship with UK has never been good (FROM 1833). The realtionship between USA and UK with S. America has never been good (just for you) as well. Nowadays, you have another kind cenarios, the Global Economy, China (as international leadership), Russia, and another players. Russia (ex-URSS) have a strong relationhip with Argentina (before, during and after Malvina´s war). China join to Russia, has a strong relationship with Argentina (militar leaderships conections, economics strategies, etc). The diplomatic peacefull argentinian strategy earns more benefits (front of UK provocations) and alies, that UK will never imagine to perform. The international diplomatics point of view to Malvinas discussion is so strong favour to Argentina. Obviously, China and Russia have strong movilization for many resources etc. than UK for Malvinas. You just are part of geopolitical and economic strategies from UK.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 08:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    l think that Kipling expects Russia & China to do his fighting for him.
    Wake up, mate. China looks at you as just a big farm.
    Both nations will be eyeing off Antarctica & l guess that Argentina would make a convenient base for them(pity about the Argentines though!). Look out, Kipling, they're watching you!
    Soon you may know what its like to be colonised(as you want to do with us).

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 10:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    Of course, but we prefer China than UK. And UK outside of S.A. The new brothers... we have strong comercial results thanks to China and Russia.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 10:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    @36 kiply

    Nice to see argentina dealing with such power houses with there excellent human rights and demoracy its a marriage made in Hell!!
    Happy Holidays Mr Kippy!

    Long Live the Falklands.

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 10:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cero

    British, go home. Give us back our land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dec 28th, 2011 - 11:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    37, Of course, I gonna see u in the hell (without UK in Malvinas). Just to eliminate your ignorance, I recommend you to consult peolple from India about UK . Please, you will be surprised. I don´t have holiday like you ( nothing to do in Malvinas and drink a lot in empty pubs) I work thanks our Devil. Go to santify country, go with your God (????). Your Pope (The Queen) is waiting for you.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 12:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    Old joke. Do you like kipling? I do not know; I have never kippled.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 01:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    How many years will the stakeholders of Rockhopper support a diplomatic war without ROI? the risk? until? planing? UK?

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 01:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • johnfarrel2050

    British, the time of pirates is over. You need to understand that.!!!!!!!!!!! Return now to Argentina the Malvinas Islands and the other territories stolen to other countries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A lot of countries are claiming for this reason since long time ago!!!!!. It is not acceptable that in the 21st century there are still countries that manage some lands stolen only with military power.!!!!!!!

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 02:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    It is not acceptable that in the 21st century there are still countries that that wish to steal land from others,
    Argentina is a prime example,
    Deluded indoctrinated bloggers.

    Why not stop all the talking, and come and get them,
    Ah but you cant, can you,
    You have changed your colour from white to yellow,

    Just carry on talking, because that’s all you are going to do,
    [and you, and the world knows it ].

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 03:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cero

    we'll see ;)

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 03:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    LOL @ the pirate stories again. It just proves that Argentina's claim on the Falkland Islands is based on a fairy story. You do know that was made up don't you?

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 09:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    No, Malvinas is big example of this. It is not your land, don´t understand? is it difficult for you?

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 09:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    We have a new breed of demented Argentine whose's fingers get stuck to the keyboard. l'm talking about cero, johnfarrel, not kipling so much.
    lf you read Topix-Falklands/Argentina(which l do)then you'll see a lot of them there do that.
    Yes l love being called a pirate. l would make all the scurvy dogs walk the plank! or hang the bilge rats from the yardarm!
    Have to look through my wardrobe, l'm sure l've got a pirate costume in there!
    And they've got nothing new to say. Where is Think when you need him.
    Probably cringing in shame at the mentality of these new Argentine bloggers.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 10:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell


    So you admit that you can do nothing except shout....Ok then...we have ignored you for 180 years....we will ignore you for another 180 years, you have no military and no ability to make the islands cost us billions and due to their remoteness, self-sufficiency, small population and 0 reliance upon South ability to hurt them economically.

    Read the writing on the Malvinarse....Falklands are going to be South Americas Gibraltar....a cause that you like to talk big about, but can do nothing practical about, its taken the Spanish 311 years to get nowhere, long may it continue :)

    Kipling if was Argentinas land.....why then is this land that is yours marked by the complete lack of any form of Argentine govt :)

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • johnfarrel2050

    The Malvinas are not managed by an Argentinian government only because previously these Islands were stolen by UK using the military force. As you know, If somebody steal you something using some kind of force, the thief is not the rightful owner.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipling

    48, I recommend you to listen 200 Motels from Frank Zappa. Maybe you will probably understand UK.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 12:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    This misadventure will reach its end, we'll see what's left of this country after this. When the real problems in Argentina arise, we'll see how brave the 54 % and the Malvinists and Patriots are. Bunch of monkeys writing a stupid fairy tale.

    @49 Argentina didn't exist yet and the Brits were living there already. You can't steal something from someone that has no existence. Wake up your mind silly man, don't a tool for life.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    What would happen IF and it is a VERY Big IF argentina got its hands on the Falklands who would be next Uruaguay and Chile???
    I reckon they will pursue there claim on those countries next!!!!!!!!!!!

    Long Live the Falklands.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 04:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Uruaguay and the northern part of Chile were part of the Vice royalty of the river plate. This is the basis of argentina's claim to the falklands, so equaly the have also a claim to those territorys, on that basis.

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 04:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    49 johnfarrel2050
    The native peoples are not managed by their own elected government, only because previously these lands were stolen by Spain using the military force. As you know, If somebody steal you something using some kind of force, the thief is not the rightful owner

    Dec 29th, 2011 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    All of this back and forth argument is pointless. By 2050 Argentina will no longer exist. It will either be a territory composed of innumerable craters and ruins through which a few mutants stumble in the hope of finding some decomposing offal. OR it will be one huge crater. The Atlantic may or may not have broken in.

    Hello, Spanish colonialist, genocidal imperialists. Time to pay! Time to die!

    Jan 01st, 2012 - 05:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    Fido Dido... sorry, I mean Kipling:
    I thought you were dutch? That's at least what you said as “Fido Dido”.
    Now under “Kipling” (dutch backed fish) you are talking about ”selfdetermination of our (argentine) country “

    I think I am slowly coming behind the secret and strange allergic reaction of a ”dutch” against all chilean... something I never encountered when I visited the Netherlands in my arround ~ 15 visits there.

    Jan 03rd, 2012 - 12:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    has anyone seen how illegal aliens are treated in USA or how UK treats the Gipsys ?? they have something really cool called deportation orders, a law Argentina could really benefit from when dealing with illegal aliens in Islas Malvinas Argentina, the coolest part about it is that it's all done under the law, for example illegal aliens don't have rights to vote nor can they work or be elected to gevernment, in other words the british illegal aliens in Islas Malvinas Argentina have rights to self determination in UK as british or self determination in Argentina as Argentines, or they can opt to go back where they came from, people who theft land and resources can't be trusted to come anywhere near your land, we know UK history and we have our share of it, I don't think Argentina is intesrested in UK BS.

    Jan 03rd, 2012 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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