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Falklands Darwin cemetery: Red Cross identification mission begins round of talks in Argentina

Monday, May 29th 2017 - 08:56 UTC
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A delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross is scheduled to begin this Monday a round of contacts in Buenos Aires related to the Humanitarian Project Plan for the identification of unknown Argentine combatants buried at the Darwin cemetery in the Falkland Islands. Read full article


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  • Roger Lorton

    “The visit is part of the Plan agreed and signed last 20 December in London between Argentina's deputy foreign minister Pedro Villagra Delgado, UK foreign minister Alan Duncan and the president of the ICRC Peter Maurer, with the consent and presence of Falkland Islands government representatives.”

    LOL, I can hear the howling from here :-)

    May 29th, 2017 - 09:48 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Stoker

    One question. Why is the UK government funding any of this?
    After the Argies surrendered and the war was over the UK government offered to ship all the Argie dead back home to the mainland but the government of the Republic of Argentina refused to accept them.

    May 29th, 2017 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Roger Lorton

    Now that's a good question. I have asked, often, but without getting a response. Alan Duncan's the man.

    May 29th, 2017 - 09:56 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think

    Red Cross membership is the answer...

    May 29th, 2017 - 01:45 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Islander1

    One bit missed from the article- those remains identified- the families will then have the option from the ICRC do they wish their loved one,s remains reburied permanently at Darwin - or repatriated to their hometown. It will be the families choice - wether Arg Govt will try and pressurise the families in the name of their foul politics remains to be seen.
    Am sure we the Islanders will respect the decision of the Family concerned- so long as it has been freely made.

    May 29th, 2017 - 03:54 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Think

    Mr. Islander1...

    I'll bet you all me old..., soon worthless...,GB-£1 coins... ( I have about 40 of them :-( that the percentage of Argie families choosing to leave them boys in the same Argentinean soil they have been resting the last 35 years..., will be significatively higher than the percentage of British citizens who choose to remain British citizens on that homebrewed pirate referendum on our windblown Malvinas...

    May 29th, 2017 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Islander1

    Think - Have no problem at all if that is what each family decides of their own free choice and will.l Just that they are not pressurised by the Arg Govt nor public opinion over there.
    Oh - the soil in that Cemetery is way above your dirty politics version - it belongs neither to Falkland Islands Govt nor Argentina - it belongs to those lads who lie their, in peace - and their God(s) - and to NOBODY else.

    May 29th, 2017 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Think

    I take it you are not taking the wager then...

    May 29th, 2017 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Marti Llazo

    Q: “Why is the UK government funding any of this? ”

    A: The UK government does a great deal for Argentina, for humanitarian ends and otherwise, for which the bastards are eternally ungrateful.

    News item: It appears as though Susana “Falklanders-aren't-people” Malacara has quit her job as Argentine Foreign Ministress. Don't count on her replacement to be any more competent, since he is an argentine as well.

    May 29th, 2017 - 08:30 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • teaberry2

    The bill should be paid for by the Argies and paid in advance..............why is the Uk paying for this, half a millon US$ could go to fund the British vets that are homeless..........when are we going to manup against this country...they invaded us......... make them pay.......also for the demining that is going on here in the Islands send them the bill...............

    May 29th, 2017 - 09:24 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Islander1

    Think- I do not know what families will say if asked quietly and privately what they may prefer. I suspect most will elect that their loved ones remain where they are - one good thing about all national war cemeteries is that those in them will be remembered by that side for ever- a grave in a local cemetery gets overlooked a bit after one or two generations have moved on.
    I dont have a problem with Darwin myself- I don't agree with what those lads fought for and may have believed in- but they were in uniform, did the job they were obliged to do and loss of life is inevitable- but they still deserve a level of respect and humanity in their resting place- wherever their families(not their Govt) want it to be.
    Tell you what though - if I visit your country before Oct 1st we can meet up and have a nice drop of good wine(you grow good grapes a bit further north) and a bit of verbal banter and I will bring you 40 round Falklands £1s(which we are keeping in circulation) in exchange.

    May 29th, 2017 - 09:25 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Roger Lorton

    Farti - at least Malcorra's replacement is a career diplomat and not a political appointee.

    If Argentine diplomats are as trustworthy as our FCO, then we are probably all in the crapper !

    As for the dead, the Argentine families are under pressure to leave them in foreign soil. So be it. With the present rate of care for Darwin Cemetery, nobody will be able to find it in 50 years.

    May 29th, 2017 - 11:51 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Mr. Islander1...

    Thanks for the kind offer..., but no thanks...

    Firstly..., because as I wrote in here long ago...I'm not here to make friends...

    Secondly..., because your Pubs would lose many regulars that have expressed their interest in giving me more than a good drop of wine and some verbal banter...

    Thirdly, and most important..., because it could..., in the prevalent toxic Falklandist atmosphere on them Islands..., have some undesirable effects on my eventual acquaintances there...

    Kind of you..., anyway...

    May 30th, 2017 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Pete Bog

    I guess Argentina think that because we gave Napoleon's last residence at Longwood to France (on St Helena), we will gift them the Argentine cemetery and the active minefields.

    May 30th, 2017 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Hepatia

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Jun 01st, 2017 - 01:51 am - Link - Report abuse -1

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