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Prime Minister Cameron announces Falkland Islanders to receive medal

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 12:53 UTC
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PM Cameron Christmas message to the people of the Falkland Islands PM Cameron Christmas message to the people of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islanders will receive the South Atlantic medal Falkland Islanders will receive the South Atlantic medal

Collective South Atlantic accolade to be presented next year for 'serious and grave threat' to sovereignty. Baroness Thatcher statue also to be unveiled.

 British Prime Minister David Cameron announced during his annual Christmas speech that Falkland Islanders will receive the South Atlantic medal as recognition of, “a direct and grave threat to their sovereignty.”

As he addressed the Islanders he also underlined that  “Christmas gives us a chance to reflect over the past year, and 2014 has been a year of great progress for the Falkland Islands.”

From Stanley to Fox Bay, the Falkland’s economy went from strength to strength. More tourists than ever flocked to your islands; engineers in the South Atlantic – your waters – explored your natural resources; fisherman caught record hauls of squid; and yes, your Commonwealth Games team – the biggest in history – did you proud in Glasgow.

 This was the year that followed that decisive referendum – when the islanders said with one voice “we are British”. We on the mainland remain as passionate about you and about that relationship as you do. Ours is a shared history. One hundred years ago, the Allies defended their base in Stanley from German aggression, and this month we honour the sacrifice that so many made.

 And three decades ago, UK forces stood with the islanders as they faced a direct and grave threat to their sovereignty, and it is absolutely right that we will be recognising this next year, when your islands will collectively receive the South Atlantic Medal, and you’ll be unveiling a bronze statue to honour someone who played such an important role in that liberation –- Baroness Thatcher.

 Our relationship is also based on a common future, and 2015 will be a year when the British government, again, steadfastly defends the freedom she helped you secure. We will begin the fourth phase of de-mining – another step towards healing the scars of that conflict. And we will back you every step of the way as you strive for growth, prosperity and employment for all, where you are free to exploit your natural resources and develop your industries without hindrance from other nations.

 Next year the BBC’s Island Parish series returns to our screens – this time, focusing on the Falkland Islands. I am delighted that so many more people will learn about the incredible wildlife, scenery, history and, of course, community spirit of your islands.

 We may be 8,000 miles apart. You may be waking up on Christmas morning as we prepare our Christmas lunches. But our bond remains as strong as ever, and Samantha and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year direct and grave threat to their sovereignty.

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  • Briton

    Just mentioned this on an earlier blog,
    great new for the islanders,
    and apparently next year the island leaders will unveil a bronze statue of Margaret thatcher ,

    And poor CFK can rot in her own stew,

    thank God for the British Military
    always their when you need them.

    Dec 18th, 2014 - 01:06 pm 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Following those TV programmes the Falklands can expect many more British and European tourists. Very popular on US TV too. Even Europeans like Toby may be tempted to come?

    Dec 18th, 2014 - 02:05 pm 0
  • Briton

    Britain hits out at 'outdated' UN decolonisation committee in Falklands row
    UN committee chair's refusal to visit Falkland Islands is “outdated”, says UK ambassador to UN
    Disgraceful attitude from so called civilised members of the UN,

    The UN should be scrapped,
    Or at the very least,
    The British government should get of its arse and withdraw ALL B.O.T.s from the C24,
    As its rather insulting to them from Britain, do you not think?
    Just a United Nutty thought


    Dec 18th, 2014 - 02:06 pm 0
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