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Falklands' Argentine cemetery DNAs “good quality” so far, says Red Cross

Friday, September 1st 2017 - 07:58 UTC
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About 50% of samples from exhumed remains of Argentine war dead buried in the Falkland Islands have been analyzed and all of them have provided good quality DNA, ICRC Operational Coordinator for Humanitarian Project Laurent Corbaz, stated this week. He provided an update on the work undertaken in recent months at the Argentine cemetery in Darwin. Read full article


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  • Roger Lorton

    Why the UK is picking up ANY of the cost, is a mystery to me.

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 10:56 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • golfcronie

    Because we are decent people who respect the dead.

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 04:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Roger Lorton

    That still does not explain why the British taxpayer is forking out for something that is not our concern and much of which could have been done 35 years ago had the Argies had some respect for their dead.

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 11:04 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • jlock

    It's split equally and they're being decent people by doing it, seriously it's that simple

    Sep 02nd, 2017 - 12:53 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • GALlamosa

    The British and Falkland Island Governments fully respect their obligations under the Geneva Convention. The Falkland Islands is a British Territory, and the Darwin cemetery falls under Falkland Islands legal jurisdiction. In light of that a decision to co-fund seems not unreasonable, notwithstanding the appalling behaviour of successive Argentine Governments over the matter of identification and repatriation.

    Sep 02nd, 2017 - 11:28 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Roger Lorton

    Ah, at last, someone who can enlighten me. So, where in the Geneva Conventions does it say that the costs have to be shared “almost equally” ?

    Sep 02nd, 2017 - 11:37 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Cloon

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Sep 02nd, 2017 - 05:28 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    Loon needs to learn the difference between England and Britain. Not that it matters because the Falklands are still British despite all the posturing and whining from Argentina.

    Sep 03rd, 2017 - 05:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GALlamosa

    I would be astonished if you had not checked the Geneva Convention RL. It is silent on the cost of undertaking identification works. Joint funding is nothing to do with being decent people, it is about establishing and maintaining control of the activity. He who pays the piper, etc. And after all the unidentified do lay in British soil.

    Sep 04th, 2017 - 10:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    So - is it in the Geneva Convention(s), or not? If it is, where?

    And if it is not, decency not being relevant, why are we forking out?

    Sep 04th, 2017 - 02:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Topher

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Sep 05th, 2017 - 04:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GALlamosa

    Read the post RL.

    Sep 05th, 2017 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    GAL - Im with Roger on this one. All respect UK and Falklands- the Hunanitarian issues - and a job on site has been done well and the ICRC Team have been full of praise for the local people who as subcontractors have been on site all the time doing the physical opening of graves and re closing afterwards in an appropriate manner. And who are now repairing the site, straightening and repositioning marker crosses and tombstones etc.

    But why has the UK taxpayer had to fork out? Full site control etc in the hands of FI Govt of course as FI land and all through the relevant Environmental Planning-Health and Legal controls etc exercised by Falkland Islands Govt.
    Problem was caused largely by Arg policy in 1982 - they asked for it to now be done and put right - so they should have paid the bill.

    Sep 05th, 2017 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog


    Looking forward to Argentina returning Ushuaia to the UK. After they've paid to tidy it up.

    Sep 07th, 2017 - 11:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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