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Falklands' naval exercises: “regular routine training”, says Ministry of Defense

Saturday, November 15th 2014 - 05:24 UTC
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HMS Iron Duke gun fire exercise in the Falklands took place some weeks ago in October and was “part of a routine training schedule planned long in advance”. HMS Iron Duke gun fire exercise in the Falklands took place some weeks ago in October and was “part of a routine training schedule planned long in advance”.
Argentina said that the military display in the Malvinas Islands was “a new provocation” and “an unjustified display of force by a British frigate” Argentina said that the military display in the Malvinas Islands was “a new provocation” and “an unjustified display of force by a British frigate”

UK described recent combined military exercises in and around the Falkland Islands as part of regular routine training. The statement follows on Thursday's strong Argentine protest, (which claims sovereignty over the (Malvinas) Islands), and called the military exercises a “new provocation”.

 A Ministry of Defense spokesperson said in London that the frigate HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic patrol duties exercise, was part of regular routine training on and around the islands.

“Royal Navy warships undertake regular training in the use of their weapon systems“.

“The gun fire exercise conducted by HMS Iron Duke in the Falkland Islands took place some weeks ago in October and was part of a routine training schedule planned long in advance”.

Finally the spokesperson underlined that “there is no change to the UK’s defense posture in the South Atlantic.”

On Thursday Argentina made a formal complaint to the British embassy in Buenos Aires condemning military exercises in the South Atlantic, an area that has been declared by the UN ”as a nuclear-weapon free, peace and cooperation zone“.

The complaint also pointed out that the military deployment in the Malvinas Islands was ”a new provocation“ and ”an unjustified show of force by a British frigate“ which involved the firing of 136 rounds in the San Carlos bay. A British infantry brigade, 'which is part of the standing illegal military presence in the Islands', also participated in the combined exercise.

Earlier on Friday Argentine cabinet chief in his daily press conference at Government House in Buenos Aires insisted Argentina emphatically rejects military exercises ”in Malvinas Islands because they represent UK’s increasing militarization in the disputed area”.

“We reject emphatically military maneuvers because they express a level of increasing militarization when the Republic of Argentina has urged (the UK) to abide by the resolution (2065) of the United Nations,” Capitanich said.

Capitanich renewed Argentina’s position that the UN had called on Buenos Aires and London to “dialogue for the restitution of our sovereignty in the Islands which we say must be reached in a peace scenario.”

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  • Anglotino

    Oh no, Argentina is complaining and whining about something.

    I see where Paul and Nostrils get it from now.

    Nov 15th, 2014 - 06:23 am 0
  • golfcronie

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, boring, go to the ICJ you numpties.

    Nov 15th, 2014 - 07:56 am 0
  • Redrow

    Surely a “show of force” would need to be close to Argentina if that was our intention? These were in Falklands waters and none of their business.

    Since the current Argentine administration understands only bullying and intimidation then it is unsuprising that they should interpret self-defense training as a direct threat to Argentina. Russia is currently flying and sailing up to the boundaries of various nations to test their defenses and to intimidate them into staying out of their war in Ukraine. Why doesn't Argentina complain about that instead?

    Nov 15th, 2014 - 08:06 am 0
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