Local authorities and descendants of the Welsh community in Argentine Patagonia gathered Wednesday at the city of Trelew for the celebrations marking the 156th anniversary of the beginning of the Welsh feat in Chubut.
The Welsh Conservatives say First Minister Carwyn Jones should distance himself from 'distasteful' comments over the Falkland Islands' sovereignty. The situation involved the Welsh leader, Argentine ambassador in UK Alicia Castro and Chubut governor Martin Buzzi, when they met to address next year's 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers in Patagonia.
Underlining the close links between Wales and Argentine Patagonia, where many Welsh immigrants settled for the first time 150 years ago, Chubut governor Martin Buzzi called on the British government “to open a dialogue on the Malvinas Islands”.
The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, underlined “the importance of dialogue and the historical and cultural ties that link Argentina with Wales” when she hosted this week a traditional Argentine barbecue at the Ambassador´s residence in London for a delegation of British parliamentarians who visited Argentina in March.
Argentine ambassador in London Alicia Castro revealed she has been meeting with Welsh MPs for the potential organization of the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers in Patagonia in 2015. However Welsh sources said initial discussions broke down because the Argentine representatives were seeking people supportive of their views in the Falkland Islands dispute.