Rattling swords

WITH increasing rancour between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands, one hopes that Brits abroad will be the most conciliatory ambassadors imaginable.

Occasionally swords cross over Spanish naval incursions in disputed territorial seas off Gibraltar. It is easy for those whose umbilical cords are tied to mother countries to be passionately defensive.

On such issues, I think the less said the better. There has not been much progress if over 300 years politicians cannot reach amicable compromise so we all share and benefit. 

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    • BritBob

      18 February 2013 • 11:43

      Britain claimed the Falklands in 1765. The Argentine hero Vernet had permission from Britain to set up a seal business on the islands but was later made governor by the Argentine’s – an illegal act. In 1833 the British asked the Argentine garrison to leave the islands BUT the vast majority of settlers chose to stay. Only 5 chose to return to Argentina and they had only been on the islands a few weeks – the basis of the Argentine claim. Argentina terminated peaceful sovereignty negotiations with the UK under UN Resolution 2065 in 1982 and chose to settle its sovereignty claim by its illegal invasion and unlawful disregard for UN Resolution. The UK acted in self defence and recovered sovereignty in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. On 12th November 2012 Ban Ki-Moon confirmed that the Falkland Islanders DO have the right to self determination and that the UK was not in breach of ANY UN Resolutions regarding the Falkland Islands. Argentina does not have a valid claim to the Falkland Islands.

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