British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss sent a strong message in support of the Falkland Islands people right to self determination on the fortieth anniversary of the Falklands Liberation, 14 June 1982, while at the same time recalling the effort and sacrifices of the troops sent to ensure that aggression could not succeed.
In the message, Liz Truss remembers that forty years ago the Union flag once again flew over Government House in Stanley as British forces liberated the Falklands. They stepped up boldly to ensure aggression could not succeed, they fought bravely to defend peoples' right to determine their future, and we will always remember their efforts and their sacrifice.
Today the Falklands are thriving as part of the British family, they are a shinning beacon of freedom and democracy as a self governing Overseas Territory.
However we can't be complacent. The assumption that peace and stability were inevitable, has been shattered by Putin's invasion of Ukraine. And China is showing their desire to exert control and coerce people in Africa, Asia and beyond.
We must stay vigilant about threats to freedom, sovereignty and self determination wherever they may be. That is why we reject any questions over the Falklands' right to self determination. We will stand up to all those who disrespect that right. The Islands could not be clearer in their right to remain a self governing British Territory with an overwhelming vote in 2013 to remain as part of the British family.
As partners we've helped the Falklands make big strides forward whether it be de-mining the Islands or fighting Covid.
We are determined to protect the Islands marine resources including from illegal fishing.
While some argue about the past, we're focused on the Falklands future. The Islanders are thriving as free people. They are setting standards for good governance and have built a strong economy.
We stepped up to defend the Falklands' right to self determination before, and we will never hesitate to do so again.
Together we stand united as part of our global network of liberty, flying the flag for peace and prosperity.
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Thank you Ms Truss, said as it should be, Self determination of peoples must always triumph over colonial aspirations.Jun 15th, 2022 - 12:17 pm +4
Some things are worth responding to, some are not. I'll leave it to you to figure out why nobody addresses your arguments.Jun 16th, 2022 - 10:22 am +3
The Argies are nagging about the Malvinas year after year in forum after forum. Even if some countries pay lip service to them nothing of course happens.Now there are much bigger conflicts around the world and the Malvinas question is of no interest to most people (if they have heard about it at all). The Brits are mostly silent because they feel they really do not need to talk about the obvious. Nice to hear some British politicians speak out about the Falklands.Jun 15th, 2022 - 11:56 am +2