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Falklands has received no formal request to DNA test Argentine soldiers buried at Darwin

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 07:16 UTC
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“The Assembly understands that the identification of soldiers interred at Darwin Cemetery is a sensitive issue, and that families of those soldiers still seek answers to the fate of their loved ones”, “The Assembly understands that the identification of soldiers interred at Darwin Cemetery is a sensitive issue, and that families of those soldiers still seek answers to the fate of their loved ones”,

The elected government of the Falkland Islands (FIG) has not received any formal request from Argentina or the International Red Cross, ICRC to exhume and identify Argentine soldiers buried at Darwin, according to the last edition of Penguin News, the Falklands' weekly.

 “FIG had not received a formal request from the Government of Argentina nor the ICRC to exhume and identify Argentine soldiers at Darwin”, elected member Ian Hansen told the Legislative Assembly in reply to claims from Argentina.

The Argentine Memorial at Darwin has 237 graves, of which 123 remain unidentified.

Monday a week ago, the Buenos Aires daily La Nación reported that London had not replied to a request sent by Argentina five months ago to allow Red Cross and Argentine forensic experts to carry out DNA testing on soldiers buried in the Falklands.

MLA Hansen said: “The Assembly understands that the identification of soldiers interred at Darwin Cemetery is a sensitive issue, and that families of those soldiers still seek answers to the fate of their loved ones.

“We are aware that the UK Government has been approached by the Red Cross but the Falkland Islands Government has not received a formal request from the Government of Argentina nor the ICRC to exhume and identify Argentine soldiers at Darwin”.

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  • golfcronie

    Where are the Argentine soldiers buried? In the FALKLANDS. If the Argie government are serious three things should happen.
    1) ALL the relatives must AGREE to the disinternment
    2) Argentina FORMALLY WRITE to the FALKLAND government for approval
    3) FALKLANDS government makes a decision
    Only then will it happen.

    Apr 27th, 2015 - 07:57 am 0
  • Voice

    Round two anyone...?

    ....Organ Grinder....

    Apr 27th, 2015 - 09:13 am 0
  • Skip

    What a conundrum!

    Argentina wants to request.
    But they won't deal with FIG.

    Guess nothing happens then.

    Apr 27th, 2015 - 09:15 am 0
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