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In January begins third phase of Argentine landmine clearance in the Falklands

Monday, December 17th 2012 - 06:29 UTC
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The third phase of explosive ordnance and landmine clearance in the Falkland Islands is scheduled to begin next January and extend until March 2013 and is programmed to concentrate in the surrounding of the capital Stanley. Read full article

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  • inthegutter

    I sincerely hope they send the bill to Buenos Aires.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    Knowing the argentines , they will apply to a international court for the legal return of the land mines .

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Perhaps they could send an hockey player to recover them!

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • saphira

    Cue someone mumbling something about the 60 day regular mine story

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 10:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    @1
    Or better still, stack them up inside a gift wrapped Tomahawk and deliver them back to Buenos Aires as present. Merry Christmas from Falkland Islands, don't open until safely delivered through a chimney of the Casa Rosada!

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 10:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @4 But there was a landmine story a couple of days ago.

    Admittedly it related to the Chilean-Peruvian border being certified mine-free, but I can't find a post-olympics (or even post-Zylberberg) Falkland Islands landmine story. The last one I can see was in April...

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 11:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornishair

    Random question, isn't it illegal under international law to leave unmarked minefields laying around?

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 11:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Phil H

    Yes but their sloppy discipline and lack of military competence meant that even they did not know where they put them.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 12:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    @7

    Considering the invasion was also illegal; I'm beginning to think we might be onto a trend here.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Won't Timmerman go to the UN complaining that the removal of the mines is in breach of Argentina's sovereignty claim?

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 01:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • falklandlad

    Fantastic team of great guys doing an unthankful but great job. Well done.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 01:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alexei

    The current oligarchy that passes for a government in Argentina constantly lies that they did not support the 1982 Falkland Islands invasion, that it was the unrepresentative junta that was responsible. If that were the case, and the current shower had a crumb of decency; they would issue an unreserved apology and offer to pay for and clean up the mess they made, including offering to help clear their unmarked minefields. As usual, they cause problems, we solve them.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 02:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornishair

    10 Pete Bog, hells yea i'd love to see timmerman at the UN again, need a good laugh!.

    8 & 9. Oh yea, an illegal invasion they (the Argentinean people) never said sorry for. Then there was the whole UN siding with us during the war, which seems to have been forgotten by all the “planks” on here :)

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Let's hope that the clearance programme does not result in anyone getting maimed while they are doing it.

    For AG of course, who GAF? They are beyond humanity and beyond hope.

    Terrible position for reasonable people to be in like Simon68 and his family.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    Argentina is a signatory to the UN GA resolution banning landmines which includes a clause persuant to the removal of landmines in the ground. Why isn't Argentina being true to its word and offering assistance to clear Falklands of landmines? Maybe their government are just plain liars.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @15. Argentina has “offered” to help remove them but given that they didn't disclose the location of all the mines via documentation (because they didn't document all of them) 1) you can understand that there is a lack of trust given their continued lack of remorse for their war crimes against the Falklanders and 2) you can understand that if there ~was~ a trust between the Islanders and the Argentines that they wouldn't trust them to do it right since they couldn't be bothered to do it right to begin with. Therefore, they've sent in people who, unfortunately, have demonstrated competence in their removal who can do the job right and have the trust of the locals. And since they continue to feel that deep in sound they had the right to do all those war crimes, even celebrating it this year with a commemorative coin, I suspect that the Islanders are fully justified. Honestly I don't see the point of the resolution to begin with since it boggles my mind a to why people would trust their enemies to make things safe for them after such prior disregard.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve-33-uk

    'the Falklands do not want to be Argentine'
    http://www.nacion.com/2012-12-17/Portada/En-las-Malvinas-no-quieren-ser-argentinos.aspx

    'What are the mysterious lights that appear in the Argentine Sea?'
    http://www.nacion.com/2012-12-17/Portada/En-las-Malvinas-no-quieren-ser-argentinos.aspx

    'Ushuaia lose 18,000 tourists'
    http://www.nacion.com/2012-12-17/Portada/En-las-Malvinas-no-quieren-ser-argentinos.aspx

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 05:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    The fewer argentines on your soil.. the better. It's not as though they would actually clear any land-mines anyways, they'd just start erecting flags and making political statements and probably steal things.

    They're predictable in their nonsense.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor J

    Make the Argentines remove the mines and pay as well I say.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 06:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve-33-uk

    Slightly off topic but this article has intrigued me.

    www.minutouno.com/notas/271655-que-son-las-luces-que-aparecen-el-mar-argentinor

    Does anyone know what these lights are?
    My best guess illegal squid fishing vessels, but there is a awful lot of them to produce light brighter than the whole of Uruguay? some of them are in FI waters.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 07:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    @16 GFace
    Good points raised. Cheers.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    20 Steve-33-uk

    Squid boats use incredibly bright lights. The ones in FI waters wouldn't be there illegally. The ones on the high seas can do what they like, and Argentina has a policy of overfishing.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve-33-uk

    @22 Monty69

    Thanks again, that's second time you've answered my NASA photo questions ;)

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Actually we are surprised that Argentina has not asked us to return the mines to them,
    After all, it is their property is it not..
    .

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    The lights are quite likely to be St Elmo's Fire emitted from from the booms of Argentina's latest warships.

    They're dead modern, like.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 11:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @10 I'm sure you're correct

    I can hear it now ...
    “they were our mines and they were planted on *our* territory”

    jajajaja ;-)

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 01:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Musky @ 15
    The Argentines are very seldom true to their word. Ask the Uruguayans.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 03:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @15 “The only part of Argentine territory which is affected by anti-personnel mines is the Falkland Islands, but Argentina is denied access, because of their illegal occupation by the United Kingdom”
    http://en.mercopress.com/2011/12/08/falklands-land-mine-clearance-set-to-enter-a-new-expanded-phase-in-early-2012

    “The Argentine Republic states that in its territory, on the Malvinas Islands,
    there are anti-personnel mines. This situation was brought to the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations when providing information within the framework of General Assembly resolutions 48/7; 49/215; 50/82; and 51/149 concerning “Assistance in mine clearance”.

    ”Since this part of the Argentine territory is under illegal occupation by the
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Argentine Republic is effectively prevented from having access to the anti-personnel mines placed in the Malvinas Islands in order to fulfill the obligations undertaken in the present Convention.“
    http://en.mercopress.com/2011/12/08/falklands-land-mine-clearance-set-to-enter-a-new-expanded-phase-in-early-2012

    @27
    ”Uruguayans FA legislators refused the invitation of the FI Ligislative Assembly to visit Malvinas”.
    http://en.mercopress.com/2011/12/08/falklands-land-mine-clearance-set-to-enter-a-new-expanded-phase-in-early-2012

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “Since this part of the Argentine territory is under illegal occupation by the
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Argentine Republic is effectively prevented from having access to the anti-personnel mines placed in the Malvinas Islands in order to fulfill the obligations undertaken in the present Convention.”

    Lmfao.

    Yes. CLEARLY it's our fault the mines are there and you can't remove them. Haha.

    That's some rubbish trolling, there.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 04:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    28 Islas Malvinas

    I suggest you report the UK to the ICJ for its illegal occupation and have them removed in that case. If that fails, Argentina should remove them itself...
    ...oh hang on. We've been over all of that 1000 times on here. You boring person. Get over it.

    Chuckle chuckle (using a haughty voice)

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @30 You can suggest the UK to go to the ICJ if they´re so sure the islands are British.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQH-v9NHNxI
    MIN 16:08

    BBC Reporter: “If you are so confident, why don´t you refer your case to the ICJ?”
    Jan Cheek, member of the FI Colonial Lesilative Assembly: “I don´t know why that´s never been seriuosly suggested by neither side”.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 06:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Remove them! If the Islanders had not fenced them off and placed dirty great “Danger Mines” signs around them, these tossers could'nt even find the damn things, let alone remove them!!!

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 06:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    Chukle Chukle

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    31 Islas Malvinas

    We have no reason to go to the ICJ. We're happy the way things are. It is Argentina that is whining about it.

    Chuckle chuckle haughtily

    What do you think of the news of Queen Elizabeth land? We names a big chunk of Antarctica after our Beloved head of State. I bet you're happy for her and us. Hurrah, Queen Elizabeth!

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @31 Then you´re happy living in a continent that does not recognize you as anythining else but a colony and iligal british administration in argentine territory? Are you really happy with that?

    About Antarctica... what would I care what you call a piece of ice?
    By the way a good name would be “Best Land to keep Queen Elizabeth alive and preserved for a few more years”.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    35 Islas Malvinas

    Last time I checked we were 300 miles from your continent.

    I knew you'd be pleased with us about QEII Land.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 07:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @36 If you´re away from OUR continent, then what is YOUR continent?
    Is it the FI´s continent?

    Chuckle Chukle

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 07:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    I do not suppose they give a Flying Ferk about what anyone else thinks about them. Are they happy about how they live, you deaf or daft or summat? they have told you often enough. Of course their bloody happy and they want to stay that way. That's why they do not want your lot getting their grubby little hands on their islands and ferkin it all up for them. Bloody ell, how many times do they need to tell you!!!!!

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 07:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @38 Then this is what I´m saying. They´re extremely bloody happy not being recognized by their neighbours, having vessels carrying their ilegal flag prohibited in their neightbour ports, having their neighbours repeatedly saying those islands are argentine, having to send FI representatives to Central America and other countires to convince they islanders has the right of “self-determination” even when they´re only a bunch of people, many of which were born elsewhere (only a few are natives), even when some of these representatives that are trying to show the world they have righ to “self-determination” are born in the UK (quite a particular conception), having to show the world how economicaly autonomous they are, even when many of them are employees of the FI Company linked to London, having to convince the world how politicaly independent they are even when they have a Viceroy Governor chosen by London and many members of the Executive and Legislative Assembly being UK born. Happiness.

    How optimist these guys are.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 07:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Not that, “only a few are natives,” line again.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @40 Yes. I mean born in the FI.

    You keep talking about the 8 generations islanders have been on the islands. But those who have that many generations are the fewer.

    We call it the “Self-determination” lie :)

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 07:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS

    1:2 To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace.

    I do not see where it defines the meaning of “peoples.” Your lot apparently do.

    What is it, a self determination lie, wow and you signed the charter.

    It's all academic anyway, because after next March, the UN will recognise the Referendum result and there is not a damn thing you can do about it.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    Yawn!

    Grow some balls and do something guys. The world is laughing at your impotence.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @42 “the UN will recognise the Referendum”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV0bANR4LPc

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Nice link, what is it, KFC receiving her daily briefing on the Falklands Islands?

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @45 No. It´s the UN after knowing about the FI “Referendum”.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Wow, Banki got a sex change!!!!!!!

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islas Malvinas

    @47 Hahaha that was funny

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    45

    That's CFK after being told that P&O has decided to cancel Argentina from its business plan. Maybe Aguello broke the news to her.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Reminds me of the first time I undressed in front of the wife!!!!!!!!

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 08:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @39
    “islanders has the right of “self-determination” even when they´re only a bunch of people, many ”

    Please refer us to where in UN paperwork, a people only qualify as a people when they are above a certain population??

    There are less than 100 people on Pitcairn Island whose family roots go back to the 1800s.

    Are you saying the Pitcairn Islanders have no right to self-determination ?

    Where in UN documentation does it say that people are not a people because there are only 4, 10, 20 30, 100, 1000, 2000, 2000 000 of them?

    If you are complaining that a few thousand people cannot be a people, then how can you complain that the British threw off a military force in 1833, of less numbers than the present Falkland born Islanders (who were not part of the civilian population in the same way as the present British garrison is not part of the Falkland island population)?

    Even though, as has been pointed out many times that the only civilians who left were a total of ELEVEN (ie not thousands), most who were not residents (only four were, two from what is now Uruguay (ie not what was to become Argentina), and two from Brazil (ie not what was to become Argentina).

    And of course 22 stayed, half of which were from what is now geographically Argentina, and not all of these were born in the Falkland Islands, (ie they were implants from Buenos Aires, Ireland Scotland, Jamaica Uraguay Germany France etc and NO English people by the way at that point).

    The Argentine perspective is that all of the civilian population were ejected which of course is a blatant lie . However if all 33 people had been ejected, most of which were not born on the Islands, according to you, even if the 33 had been born on the Islands that is not enough to form a 'people.' Therefore Argentina cannot complain about the military being ejected in 1833 (ie not the civilian population),because according to their own arguments they were not in enough quantity to be a' people.'

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Falkland Islands

    IS MALVEY: I bet my family was here before old Is malvy's family came over from italy or wherever in Europe they colonized argie land in BA. Oh and by the way, we settled Patagonia before any argie did, so maybe we should claim all land below that stinky City of BA. :) TE HE JA JA JA

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 11:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @52 Falkland lslands,
    Right on, bro.
    Lets put in a claim for Sta Cruz & Chubut Provinces.
    Wouldn't it be a hoot if the ICJ awarded them to us!
    lt would be worth a king's ransom to see the look on KFC's excuse for a face.

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 07:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @52
    According to Argentine theory you have more right to Patagonia than the Argentines have.
    Go on get your MLA's put in a claim just for a hoot, it'll cause Timmidman a seizure. (Wish I could find my copy of From Falklands to Patagonia by Mainwaring).

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 05:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Genuine question, has anyone ever been harmed by any of these mines? Of course I'm in favour of them being removed I just can't remember that part of the issue ever being specifically mentioned. Also why is the team from Zimbabwe of all places?!

    Dec 24th, 2012 - 06:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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