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“Falklands want a normal, friendly relationship with all its neighbors, but...”

Wednesday, May 16th 2018 - 06:40 UTC
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”We would be delighted to have a normal, friendly relationship with all our neighbors, to freely trade with, work with and discuss things of mutual benefit” said Falkland Islands lawmaker MLA Roger Edwards at the UN Decolonization 2018 Pacific Regional Seminar held in Grenada last week. But, he added, “instead, we are not recognized or accepted as a people in our own right”, by Argentina. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    The islanders have a right to remain 'freely associated with the UK' their legal right.

    Falklands – Freely Determined Political Status (1 pg):

    May 16th, 2018 - 09:13 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • FitzRoy

    The Argentine delegate is clearly a bit short of understanding. In what way is Britain any different to Spain in seeding what is now Argentina with Spanish settlers? I love his name though. It would make him a French/German colonial businessman!

    May 16th, 2018 - 10:04 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Islander1

    What halucination drug does this Vernet bloke smoke! When were Argentine civilian people ever expelled from the Islands? - answer never. Only military people and their direct families were in 1833.
    Several Argentine families live and work peacefully here today. Argentines can enter the islands today with exactly the same permits as issued to British-Chilean or any others - we do not discriminate.

    May 16th, 2018 - 10:05 am - Link - Report abuse +6
  • kelperabout

    Pot calling the kettle black situation. Argentina insists that Britain colonised the Islands and that we should decolonise . Funny though Argentina in the same vein wants to colonise us so the argument goes round and round. The simple solution to the whole situation is For Argentina to stop it's illegal claim and let the Falkland island people live the life of their choosing. Then everyone could start to build more friendly relationships. Right now the Islanders have no trust in Argentina because their desire and ultimate game is to take our homeland from us even though they know in the eyes of the world it would be colonisation they do not care. Argentina is after the wealth around us nothing more nothing less and when we Islanders have exploited all that wealth their interest will be no more.Getting them to admit that fact is the question often asked.

    May 16th, 2018 - 03:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Conqueror

    I'm not sure about the “kettle black situation”. I have read a fair amount of history. The Spanish appear to have killed quite a lot of indigenous people from central america to as far south as you can get on dry land. When was that that strange “country” to the west of the Falkland Islands boasted that there were no indigenous people inside its borders? Yet I've never read of anyone who settled in the Falkland Islands killing anyone.

    When will there be a loud enough call for the 1982 invaders to be prosecuted for their war crimes? Not a cosy little “internal” farce, but a proper international trial. When will the 1982 invaders be excluded from the United Nations? And when will it pay an appropriate amount of reparations?

    May 16th, 2018 - 06:04 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Roger Lorton


    May 6, 1884 - “Not a single Indian crosses the Pampas where many tribes used to live.” General Roca.

    1854, January 24th, Hilario Cordoba murders Jean Cousteau, a 19 year old Basque labourer. (Executed March 18)

    1864, October 17th, John Rodgers Rudd is murdered by a gaucho.

    1874, April 30th, gaucho James Millet, is murdered by Robert Gonzales who hangs himself the following day.

    The regularity of the gaps is a bit worrying

    Tony Blair gave up on reparations and the rest in 1989. The quid pro quo for no more UN GA Resolutions perhaps?

    May 16th, 2018 - 10:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “Recalling that the British had brought their own subjects to the Islands”

    Louis Vernet also, brought British subjects to the Islands,(including Irish and Jamaican folks) also German, USA and French subjects in addition to subjects from South America.

    And Luis No brain forgets that his forefather asked permission from the British to be there, and his forefather received compensation from the British (not from Buenos Aires or the USA). Luis no brain also forgets that amongst the settlers that chose to stay in 1833, only the minority were British.

    “The representative of Argentina said the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia Islands and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas remained the subject of an illegal occupation as a result of an act of force perpetuated by the United Kingdom.”

    Whether a request to leave by letter could be seen as an act of force is questionable, but when did the UK expel so called Argentines from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, prior to 1982?

    It might well have had to be an act of force (Port Louis 1833), had some of the United Provinces military not been under arrest for mutiny, and had many of their sailors not been British subjects, so refused to, or could not fight.

    However that is not an act of force from the Royal Navy, that is a failure of the United provinces to fight because their militia was a self inflicted failure.

    So nowt to do with the UK, they didn't have to use force because of an incompetent opposition.

    Argentina put up more of a fight in 1982, but history repeated itself, as incompetent Argentine forces helped their own removal.

    And as Argentina lied in the past, so they do today. But these lies only give the Falkland Islanders and the UK, continuous ammunition against Argentina.

    Yet more self inflicted wounds.

    May 18th, 2018 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Juana

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    May 20th, 2018 - 01:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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