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Falklands’ conflict “very much alive in the collective memory”

Thursday, June 14th 2012 - 19:06 UTC
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UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has spoken of his admiration for the Falkland Islands people on the thirtieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Falklands conflict. Read full article


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  • cornishair

    LIBERATION DAY says all that needs to be said really........

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 07:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Saw it on the News, snowing, cold and the seas very choppy. I expect it brought back many memories to those veterans who travelled down there for the ceremony, god bless em!

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Liberation Day exactly
    Liberty having control over their own actions.
    Which the islanders have.
    They don't want or need argentina .
    Although maradonna could always do some floor mopping i guess :)

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 07:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PirateLove

    Full respect for those who weathered the ceremony, thoughts are with the brave men and their families that paid the ultimate price a long way from home to bring freedom to the lives of the people.

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 07:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BethnalGreen

    I echo everyone else's sentiments on here, but add that I admire the collective wish of the Islanders to make the sacrifice the forces gave worth it by making their country prosperous and independent!! Let's never forget the deaths of the soldiers from both sides though... Many of them were young and will still be missed greatly by their families to this day. :(

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Too right it's alive in the collective memory!
    The Falklands WILL be FREE.
    The Falklands WILL be British as long as the Islanders wish.
    Come on, South America, IF you think you're HARD enough!

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tabutos

    RIP you will not have died in vane we will make sure of that!

    Rip all that died in the conflict

    Falkland for the Falkland islanders forever!

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 09:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Yes it was the weather the veterans knew up on the mountain tops alright! Heavy wet snow from before the start until the end - but you should have seen the kids - young Falklands cubscouts,girlguides and cadets each held a wreath for all the dignitaries, and they were quiet and still and respectfull - despite being frozen and soaked!

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    They will be remembered ..

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • claudio_laplata

    Suppose that in the building where you live, suddenly 5 armed immigrant families, seize 5 departments. It is logical to make a vote years later, the descendants of those families, to“determine if they own” or to express their opinion about legitimate owners, whether or not they have rights on the properties?

    Jun 14th, 2012 - 11:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stakeholder

    Claudio, are you a pure-blooded descendant of the indians who inhabited the La Plata region before the Spanish arrived? As a descendant of armed immigrants, you question your own right to vote, own property or live in Argentina. I am honestly interested in why Argentines deny islanders' self-determination when they themselves are immigrants. Any honest answers would be appreciated.

    Jun 15th, 2012 - 12:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • KFC de Pollo

    @10 repeating the same crap? This is not the case in the Falklands. The islands were not seized they were taken back by the brits.

    Jun 15th, 2012 - 12:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alexei

    Congratulations to the Falkland Islanders on their Liberation day and 30 years of freedom. Respect to the memories of those who died liberating the islands rom the despicable Argentine invasion, of which many Argentines are apparently still so proud.

    I'm wondering how that vile president of theirs managed to wangle a public platform to spout her idiotic nationalist pseudo-history at that silly committee at the UN, on Falkland Islands' Liberation Day, of all days. Coincidence? Still, the bitter skulking malvinists, despite their very best efforts, didn't spoil the party. In fact KFC's revolting performance did nothing but remind us of Argentine covetousness and malice, and why the British forces that freed the islands are still there. Cheers Argentina, nice one!

    Jun 15th, 2012 - 06:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • UKOwnsArgentina

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    Jun 15th, 2012 - 11:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PatM

    It will never be forgotten!!!! There were 255 lives of British servicemen lost in this conflict and we always remember our own where ever they are in the world! “ LEST WE FORGET”

    Jun 15th, 2012 - 10:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    I watched the news about the ceremony. A lady Falklander was interviewed, she had lived under the occupation, say the exact same thin, she would not forget. I do not know this ladies name, it was not given. I do recognise her however from a documentary program on the war. This particular lady, I wish I could remember her name! I really do, organised tractors and landrover to ferry ammunition to our guys and bring back the wounded. She drove a landrover in the dark, over rough terrain not knowing if it was mined. She said, she would never forget. Well who ever you are my love, thank you, you are by far one of the bravest women I have ever seen and I will not forget you either.
    Ex 1982 Serviceman.

    Jun 16th, 2012 - 01:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @10 If you are referring to January 1833, say so.

    The civilian occupants in 1833 had a majority of settlers who were from now what is Argentina but there were also 2 brits, and 2 germans amongst them. As these were linked to Vernet's commercial venture (the USA kicked him out for piracy in 1831), which had permission from the British Government, they were allowed to stay. The illegal garrison for which Britain had protested was ejected. I laughed when I discovered it was made up of nearly 80 % British Mercenaries (ie not of UPot RP origin). Also it was partly made up of people that had murdered the garrison commander in front of his family some of which were subsequently executed by firing squad by the BA authorities. So to recap, and this is so embarrassing to Argentina that they will not reveal it to the world, civilians who were mainly from the United Provinces of the River Plate freely chose British rule( they were given a choice), chose to stay, apart from 4 who chose to leave, and most of the ejected military were British (not South Americans), mercenaries.

    Jun 17th, 2012 - 11:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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