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”.