By John Fowler (*) – The selective amnesia of successive Argentine governments never ceases to amaze. Last week, during universal rejoicing in the Falklands that the eleven year-long demining campaign had finally come to a successful conclusion, the Argentine Government was complaining about it in Geneva.58 comments
The recent approval by the Falklands' elected government of a framework guidance for assessing when a visitor should be considered a ‘prohibited person’, can be considered an effort to address disappointing past experiences and a long-standing debate in the Islands.
The Argentine government has formally requested the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, for an expansion of the humanitarian project which has helped so far to identify the remains of 115 Argentine combatants buried at the Argentine Military Cemetery at Darwin in the Falkland Islands.
A new body has been identified, raising the number of Argentine combatants fallen during the 1982 Falklands War who now have a name on their graves to 114, thanks to the Humanitarian Project underway.
Another Argentine combatant fallen during the 1982 South Atlantic conflict and buried in the Falkland Islands, has been identified, which brings the number of those still without a name to nine out of a total of 122 graves.
“The Malvinas Islands will finally, through diplomacy, be Argentine”, said Argentina's Defense minister Oscar Aguad on Tuesday at the main ceremony on the start of the 37th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict with the United Kingdom.
Argentine president Mauricio Macri will be receiving this Tuesday relatives of Malvinas fallen and veterans at the official residence in Olivos for a commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict
Sixty-five next of kin of Argentine combatants buried in the Falkland Islands and whose remains were recently identified, visited the Argentine military cemetery at Darwin to pay their respects and pray next to the graves of their loved ones.
The relatives of the latest 29 Argentine soldiers remains identified in the Falklands will be flying on 13 March to the Islands, to the Argentine military cemetery at Darwin to pray and honor their loved ones. The announcement was done by the Argentine journalist Martin Dinatale, who is usually well informed on Falklands issues.
Argentina's Human Rights Secretariat Claudio Avruj announced on Monday the identification of the 105th combatant whose remains are buried in the Falkland Islands under a gravestone that read Argentine soldier, only known upon God. Claudio Alfredo Bastida was a 19-year-old conscript who died in the Mount Longdon battle on 12 June 1982.