The first day of the Anglo-Argentine oil talks in London (on July 26) has focused upon scientific and engineering issues involved in offshore exploration in the South West Atlantic.
MV Sigma, Falkland Islands new Fisheries Patrol Vessel under Captain Trevor Betts will be arriving next Tuesday to FIPASS after having left England almost a month ago and spending time in Monte port for minor repairs and bunker.
In the wake of the Belgrano Case at the European Court of Human Rights, journalists have focused attention on the background of two of the Argentine lawyers, detailing their activities in defence of human rights violations by the former Military regime.
The Falkland Islands could become the world's first accredited organic country, partly through prudent farming methods, partly by accident, as was explained to the recent Falklands Economic Forum in London.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has rejected an Argentine request to investigate the sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands Conflict with the loss of 323 crew.
While Argentina's claims that British aircraft have violated Argentine airspace have been firmly rejected by the United Kingdom Government, the Argentine protest has caused puzzlement in London.
With the 10 South American Countries due to play the next round of Qualifying matches in anticipation of the 2002 World Cup this week, (18th & 19th July) FIFA the World Governing body have shelved plans to stage two 'Mini-World Cups' with the Korean and Japanese winners meeting in the final at Yokohama in Japan as once envisaged.
In a robust re-affirmation of British sovereignty of the Falklands Islands and continuing military defence of the Islanders' security, the British Foreign Office Minister responsible for South American issues, Mr John Battle, MP, said Britain's 21st Century partnership with the Islands for progress and prosperity must be founded on Falklanders deciding their own future, self-determination.