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Head of BOT Department, next Governor of the Falkland Islands

Friday, December 21st 2012 - 04:34 UTC
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Mr Roberts is well known by members from the Falklands Legislative Assembly Mr Roberts is well known by members from the Falklands Legislative Assembly

The Falkland Islands Government announced on Friday the appointment of Mr Colin Roberts CVO as the next Governor of the Falkland Islands.

MLA Sharon Halford said: “We already enjoy a good relationship with Mr Roberts through his previous role as Director of the Overseas Territories Directorate within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The experience he has from this role will stand him in good stead when he takes up his new post in April 2014, and we look forward to warmly welcoming Mr Roberts and his family.”

As a modern, self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, “we enjoy a relationship based on the shared ideals of democracy, freedom and self-reliance, said MLA Halford, adding, “we look forward to working in partnership with Mr Roberts and his colleagues as we work through the challenges and opportunities presented by these exciting time.

Mr Roberts since 2008 has been Director of the British Overseas Territories Directorate, Commissioner for British Antarctic Territory and British Indian Ocean Territory.

From 2004 to 2008 Mr Roberts was ambassador to Lithuania and before, political counsellor in Tokyo, 2001/04.

The coming Falklands governor joined the Foreign Office in 1989 and was first posted to the Republic of Ireland Desk, and then to the Embassy in Tokyo 1990/94.

Mr Roberts is fluent in Japanese and was a lecturer at the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto.

Last June Mr Roberts was involved in an exchange of letters with Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro regarding proposals from Buenos Aires on air links and fisheries cooperation.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Anglotino

    Links to Ireland, Lithuania and Japan. Should bring a cosmopolitan viewpoint with him. And hopefully some good business links to Japan too. All those savings looking for a good place to invest.

    What a difference to Cecilia Nahón's appointment to Washington.

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 06:02 am 0
  • reality check

    What I find interesting about this story, is that unlike the so called Argentine Governor, he will actually get to live on the real Islands, whilst his counterpart continues to live in the so called Malvinas never never never land. Which has we all know enjoys very good diplomatic relations with, Narnia, Fantasia, Shangri La, Brigadoon, Middle Earth, Mario Land, El Dorado, Leggo Land, Disney Land, Smurfville, The Enchanted Forest, Hades, Moon Base Alpha, The Clingon Empire and of course not forgetting Atlantis.

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 06:20 am 0
  • Monkeymagic


    I think you will find that the Malvinas DID have a good relationship with the places in your list until they started to fabricate history where the cinderellas castle was actually Argentine sovereign territory after a three month vacation in Disney Land 180 years ago where they murdered Mickey Mouse and raped poor Minnie.

    They further went on to claim that Aslan was actually an Argentine giving them historic rights to Narnia, and that Yoshi planted a cabbage in Mario land that had Argentine roots...

    After that, even the fantasy countries hated and despised the Malvinistas.

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 08:25 am 0
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