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Falklands' mine clearance progresses steadily: 82 fields still to be neutralized

Friday, November 25th 2016 - 07:20 UTC
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Minefield clearance in the Falklands is going well on the current phase which will run until June 2017, Dynasafe Bactec Ltd. Program manager Guy Marot confirmed this week to Penguin News. Work to date has involved technical survey and clearance work in the Eliza Cove area (south east Stanley) and Goose Green, and is scheduled to continue after Christmas in the Mount Longdon and Hearndon Waters (Murrell) minefields, and Port Howard on West Falklands. Read full article

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  • Jo Bloggs

    There you go Voicey. Don't forget to add this to your list of things the U.K. Government wastes your hard-earned tax money on.

    It makes you wonder how much Argentina actually wanted the Islands if they laid 20,000 land mines on them. Just saying...

    Nov 25th, 2016 - 08:38 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • brasherboot

    Why oh why didnt the UK force the scum bag surrendering army to clear the mines up?

    The process is easy. Line up the argies and make thrm walk the mined zones.

    Nov 25th, 2016 - 11:54 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • DemonTree

    @ Brasherboot
    Because that would be a war crime.

    Nov 25th, 2016 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Now you are just being silly Jo...

    I once read that the islanders would have preferred the money to be spent on more urgent and deserving causes in the world...

    Nov 25th, 2016 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Jo Bloggs

    That is precisely what we all said but got told the mines had to be cleared. So there's an example for you of how we have no say in things.

    Nov 25th, 2016 - 05:46 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Marti Llazo

    There were media reports that some of the islanders did not much mind certain of the minefields but those were personal and not community reflections. And not of that matters because of the remaining joint obligation that the mines be removed in order to meet international treaty requirements. The mine layers or rather Argentina of course have provided precious little except some grid maps of a few of the minefields. A lot of the mapping for the minefields was lost during the collapse at the end of the conflict, which was anything but orderly. For public relations some of the mine grids were characterised as somewhat accurate, but the EOD folks doing the work have other rather better informed opinions that may not be quite so politically correct. And some of the supposedly detailed gridded mine maps, while at first glance seemingly useful, turned out to be nearly worthless since they could not be correlated to reliable geographic locations.

    At least two dead buried Argentines from the conflict were found by the EOD clearance people during their work. There may have been others but I am only aware of two.

    Nov 25th, 2016 - 08:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Fidel_CasTroll

    I'd be nice if the British set the example of cleaning up after themselves when losing a war (Iraq, the beacon of democracy and peace). Wasn't the the goal...

    I won't hold my breath that the British will act like real men and go fix the mess they left behind.

    Nov 28th, 2016 - 03:48 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • DemonTree

    You think British politicians are doing such a great job at home they should be allowed to run Iraq too?

    What, exactly, should we be doing to fix it? It may well not be fixable by any outside agency anyway; breaking things is always easier than mending them.

    Nov 28th, 2016 - 01:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -1

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