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Falklands: Red Cross clear on Argentine families' wishes of identifying remains at Darwin cemetery

Friday, July 1st 2016 - 07:11 UTC
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Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) currently visiting the Falkland Islands have stated they are quite clear on the wishes of the Argentine families, in relation to the potential future identification of remains of unknown Argentine soldiers in the Argentine memorial at Darwin. Read full article


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  • Roger Lorton

    “… we came very late (to the war)… We had been impeded in our efforts to come to the Islands. At the end we could come on the 10th of June thanks to the British Army.”

    What did Argentina have to hide?

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 08:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Argentina wouldn't hide anything would they?

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Interesting that when challenged why the ICRC had not issued any public condemnation of the Argentine clear breaches of the Geneva Convention
    in the Islands in 1982 - their answer was:
    we send confidential reports to the Government concerned only as we have to keep our neutrality!!!!!!!!!

    In other words- go to war- Breach the Convention you have signed - mistreat civilians, carry munitions and troops on your hospital ships with red crosses on them - but don't worry - we will just send you a private letter about it afterwards - and all is kept under the carpet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a pathetic organisation,

    No wonder the ICRC is held still today in such utter contempt by so many Islanders.

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSes Doido

    At 3,
    Or the argentine delibarate air targeting and bombing of the British field hostpital (marked with big red crosses to confirm what it was) at Ajax Bay.

    Guess they thought other people were the same as them eh?

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 01:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    There is a very simple answer to all of this: repatriate the remains in a civilized manner to Argentina.

    TMBOA has gone now and the only political ructions will come from the so called 'veterans' and who GAF about that bunch of cowards?

    Wouldn't it be better for the Falklanders to be rid of this damnable millstone?

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 05:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    5 Chris - it may well happen. The 2 forsenic experts in the team were clear that the only method - and even that they need to evaluate yet based on initial soil and ground works this week nearby - would be full exhumation to reveal sufficient for DNA matching - and even then they would still expect less than 100%matching so still would be some unknown - and even more trauma for the families concerned.
    I think if it does go ahead - then there will be a big push and demand from this side that all are exhumed and returned to Argentina.
    No matter how independently done and out of sight of the press etc - once done and cemetery re-opened again there will be an avalanche of Argentines coming over(who are not family members) - paid for by their Govt - to hold “religious” services- wave flags in our faces - shout their insults at us etc etc. We have seen it all before- it will be manna from heaven for their Govt - current Govt no different so far in this regard to the last.
    If its exhumation- remove and repatriate - and just leave behind a memorial
    on the site - eg the existing roll of honour wall and cross - if they wish.

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    At one time l was against disturbing the dead.
    But now, with the childish actions of the Argentines, l'm all for repatriation.
    Then we can ban ALL Argentines from the lslands altogether.

    Jul 03rd, 2016 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSes Doido

    Send all those poor lads back to their homeland. Its the decent thing to do.

    The Falklands are not their homeland, Argentina is.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 12:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    @6 Do whatever you want, but we are not accepting the remains back.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 01:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    I see Doc Kohen has been bumping his gums about the suggestion that Argie scientists would not be allowed in the Islands, or very much reduced in numbers in any ICRC party.

    Told one MLA that the Islanders had a nationalistic phobia.

    Now, coming from a Malvinista, that is actually funny.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 06:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alejo

    Magnus Master is clearly a Malvinista nabo whose opinion is worth NADA!

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 08:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    9-Magnus- Sorry- The ICRC made it 100% clear - IF - exhumation were to take place then the Argentine Govt would have ZERO say in what happened to the bodies after.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Caledon

    “Do whatever you want, but we are not accepting the remains back.”
    That statement reveals all we need to know about you and your country.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    @12 You can't force us to let the remains enter our country. I guess you will have to bury them at sea.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 02:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    14 Magnus. So if the next of kin families say they would like the remains of their loved ones to be nearer them at hone - your Govt will refuse?

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    @ 14 MagnusMaster
    Do we identify them first, or just sling them over the side?

    You might want to ask the families of the newly identified first.

    In hindsight it would probably have been better to bury them at sea straight after the war.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 04:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    lt will be more respectful to the dead, to bury them at sea than to deliver them to the Argentines who don't want them & just couldn't be bothered to deal with them.
    What a shower of disrespectful plonkers are the Argentines(the live ones like MagnusSlave).

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 10:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    @15 That depends on how much our Gov't prioritizes political considerations. If the families want the remains here, I'm all for it.

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 10:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    You could always cremate them and scatter the ashes at sea OUTSIDE Falklands
    territorial waters.

    Jul 05th, 2016 - 09:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    ICRC are neutral have been for over a century pretty telling the Junta refused them access. If their reports became public they would lose any chance of doing their job.
    The malvistas yet again show themselves beneath contempt.
    They dont appear to give a damm about their dead the NOK or the islanders.
    Repartiation seems unfortunatly the only solution

    Jul 05th, 2016 - 12:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Jul 05th, 2016 - 01:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    @21 Hepathetic. Don't you get bored with being an ass?

    Jul 05th, 2016 - 08:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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  • Pugol-H

    Hepatitis will be curable within 25 years!

    Jul 07th, 2016 - 06:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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