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Exchange Mali support for French involvement if Argentina ‘invades’ Falklands, suggests MP

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 19:58 UTC
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North Bolton MP David Crausby, (Labour), “We are quick to help but they won’t help us with Falklands” North Bolton MP David Crausby, (Labour), “We are quick to help but they won’t help us with Falklands”
Minister Robathan: “I have not had any discussions with the French on this matter” Minister Robathan: “I have not had any discussions with the French on this matter”

A British Member of Parliament called for greater military support for France in Mali as a way of committing Paris in the event of an Argentine ‘invasion’ of the Falklands. However the British government downplayed any military attempt from Argentina and reiterated that no ground troops will put foot in the African country.

MP David Crausby, Labour from North Bolton told Parliament on Wednesday morning that London should call for France’s support in the event of an armed conflict in the South Atlantic, as happened in 1982. His words were supported by Jean Stroud-Mort the widow of John Stroud who was killed during the Falklands conflict at the age of 20.

The Royal Air Force is currently providing logistical support to France in its ground campaign against Muslim rebels in Mali.

MP Crausby asked whether “France would return the favour if Argentina ever invaded the Falkland Islands”.

Argentina occupied the islands in 1982 until they were reclaimed by a British task force, but tensions in the South Atlantic have escalated recently with ships flying the Falklands flag being banned from some South American ports.

Addressing Andrew Robathan, the minister of state for defence personnel, in parliament, MP Crausby asked if he expected any support from the French in the event of an invasion, and whether he had discussed the matter with his European counterparts.

Minister Robathan replied that it was unlikely that Argentina would invade the Falklands because there was a clause in the country’s constitution that prohibited it.

He said: “I have not had any discussions with the French on this matter”.

Speaking after the debate Mr Crausby told The Bolton News: “The point I’m making is we are quick to help them but everybody knows they won’t help us in the Falkland Islands. “Every time Argentina is in trouble it raises the issue of the Falkland Islands because it’s popular with the people.

“I don’t expect a conflict but we shouldn’t be complacent. The only way we can do that is by increasing defence spending — which is unlikely — or by having the support of our so-called allies like the French.”

Mrs Stroud-Mort said: “France didn’t support us during the Falklands War so I think David Crausby should raise the issue — I have a lot of respect for him.

“The Falkland Islands should be supported by the UN, not just by the UK on its own” concluded the Falklands’ widow.


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  • Think

    Chuckle chuckle©
    Or should I say
    Shòuqle shòuqle©

    Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:08 pm 0
  • Raven

    and the warmonger/pirates statements to come from the usual posters, or an article about CFK claiming we want to go to war, will be coming in 3...2...1...

    Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:08 pm 0
  • briton

    Very good question,
    But alas the honest liberalised government of Cameron plays it down,

    Would France come to our assistance or not,
    Well how can you prove it,
    1, if argentina invaded,[most unlikely]
    So a blank promise is not enough, seeing as we brits help without condition,

    So perhaps a joint French and royal navy training [out or Europe exercise]
    In the south Atlantic, in the summer,
    If anything, it would totally infuriate CFK and at the very least, a French militating of the south Atlantic,
    But would it happen,
    The French could out of respect or friendship, suggest such an exercise,
    Still it’s the thought that counts,
    But will she even think about it.

    After all,
    he has just told em he loves Europe,
    the least they could do,
    is show a bit of affection

    Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:10 pm 0
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