“Belongership” and its equivalents are wrong,” it is emphatically stated in a startling paper from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. The paper says the belongership status (known as Falklands Status in the Falklands) as enshrined in the constitutions of a number of British Overseas Territories, including the Falklands, denies legally-resident British Overseas Territory and UK citizens the right to vote and to hold elected office.
Twenty years ago, this month, one of Argentina's then leading political analysts and journalist publicly admitted the Falkland Islands belong to the Islanders. Mariano Grondona had been invited to the Islands by the Legislative Council and during a gathering with locals said the famous quote, “The Falkland Islands belong to you, the Islanders”.
As the years pass, Veterans and Islanders alike who were caught up in the Falklands War, are getting older; many, regrettably are no longer with us. Age takes its toll, and sadly a number of potential guests declined due to failing health, reads the message from Lewis Clifton OBE, Chairman of the 2012 Committee.
A numerous delegation from the Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce is on its way to Scotland for a five day high-profile meeting with peers from Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands which begins next May 8.
A request for a member of the Royal Family to attend Remembrance day 2012 in the Falkland Islands, during the 30th anniversary year of the liberation of the Islands, has been sent to Buckingham Palace, reports the latest edition of Penguin News