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Argentines’ upset over call to rename Falkland Islands capital, “Port Margaret”

Argentina reacted with fury last night at calls for the capital of the Falkland Islands to be renamed Port Margaret in honour of its liberator. The country’s foreign minister Héctor Timerman insisted a move to rename Port Stanley, also known simply as Stanley, would be in breach of United Nations resolutions and would not be recognised by his country. Read Article

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Crisitna Fernández rejects Falkland Island’s referendum, calls voters as squatterss

Mercopress.com reported that Argentine President Cristina Fernández rejected the referendum held at the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, and assured it “was a parody” likening to a “squatters’ condominium meeting” who illegally live in an occupied territory. The president made her remarks on Tuesday during the presentation of a “Science, Technology and Innovation National Plan: Innovating Argentina 2020” […]

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Falkland Islands: referendum results, no desire to be governed by Argentina

Falkland Islands’ message to Cristina Fernandez: we have absolutely no desire to be ruled from Buenos Aires “President Cristina Fernandez, we have sent you a message: we have absolutely no desire to be ruled by the Government in Buenos Aires and we hope that now you might respect that”, said the spokesperson for the Falklands’ […]

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Falkland (Malvinas) islanders to vote on sovereignty

Xinhuanet.com reported that inhabitants of British origin on the Malvinas Islands, known to the British as the Falklands, will vote on Sunday and Monday to decide whether to keep the islands as a “British Overseas Territory.” There will be six polling stations for 1,649 registered residents and a small airplane will carry people in remote […]

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Argentina accuses Britain of sending nuclear ships to Falklands

Argentina accuses Britain of sending nuclear ships to the Falklands The government Tuesday accused England of carrying nuclear weapons submarine to the Falkland Islands and violating international treaties that prohibit the use of these materials in the area. The ausación was made by Eduardo Zuain, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, during the Conference on […]

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Falkland/Malvinas: Argentine, Venezuela firms to explore for oil

According to reports in the Argentine media, the nationalized Argentine oil company YPF, formerly owned by Spain’s Repsol, will be teaming up with Venezuelan oil giant PDVSA to explore the continental shelf around the Falkland/Malvinas Islands for oil. “We discussed the need for oil and gas exploration in the territory and offshore areas, adjacent to […]

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Seabourn Cruise Line discontinues visits to Falkland Islands

The Bahamas flagged cruise vessel ‘Seabourn Sojourn’ that on Thursday berthed at Ushuaia reported to Argentine port authorities it has no plans to visit the Falklands/Malvinas Islands according to press reports from the capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego. Apparently the Seattle based Seabourn Cruise Line told the local officials in Ushuaia that “Malvinas are […]

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Argentina launches effort to twart success of Falkland Island referendum

In recent days, the country’s foreign ministry has launched an action plan to thwart the success of a March referendum to be held by the islanders, Argentine and regional media reported. The 3000-strong population of the Falklands are overwhelmingly pro-British and the vote is expected to deliver a resounding rejection of Argentine efforts to claim […]

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Argentina rejects British complaints on maritime security regarding Falkland Islands

Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro rejected at the International Maritime Organization, IMO, British complaints on maritime security in Argentine waters and navigation obstacles for British and Falklands flagged vessels which access Argentine ports. Read Article Read Article

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Argentina: nationalists ransack shipping offices of cruise line that serves the Falkland Islands

Britain has called on the European Union to intervene after hard-line nationalists in Argentina ransacked a shipping office that handles cruises to the Falkland Islands, pelting it with stones and paintballs. Foreign Office mandarins accused the Argentinian government of seeking to “strangle” the Falklands’ economy by failing to prevent last Monday’s raid in Buenos Aires, […]

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Argentina government repudiates British exercises firing missles from Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

The national government repudiated today new military exercises with firing of rockets from the Islands Malvinas announced by British military forces, according to a statement released by Foreign Ministry. In the official document, the portfolio of Héctor Timerman announced rejected exercises “between 8 and 19 October,” which “constitutes a flagrant contradiction” by the United Kingdom […]

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British destroyer arrives Falkland Island (Malvinas) for routine exercises

One of the most powerful ships of the British fleet, HMS Dauntless, arrived in the Falklands and final leg of a six-month journey that has taken him to the west of Africa. The destroyer, capable of moving high-tech anti-aircraft missiles and 60 military personnel, is in the South Atlantic to perform “routine exercises”, the Ministry […]

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History: Reagan On The Falkland/Malvinas: “Give[] Maggie enough to carry on…”

The United States secretly supported the United Kingdom during the early days of the Falklands/Malvinas Island war of 1982, while publicly adopting a neutral stance and acting as a disinterested mediator in the conflict, according to recently declassified U.S. documents posted today by the National Security Archive. On the 30th anniversary of the war, the […]

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British Petroleum tells Argentina it has no plans to explore for oil in Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

The British company British Petroleum (BP) is exploring for oil and has no plans to do so in the future in the Falkland Islands, whose sovereignty is disputed Argentina and Britain, according to a note by the Foreign Ministry of Argentina. Read Article

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Argentina: Violent protests outside British embassy

The demonstrators, carrying flags and PCR Quebracho clashed with the police force in Recoleta. There were petrol bombs, rubber bullets and tear gas. After a march by several leftist organizations against the British Embassy in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Recoleta, activists carrying flags of the group Quebracho and the Revolutionary Communist Party staged […]

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Argentina: Quebracho group holds protest at British embassy, burn flag

The 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, activists mobilized from the Retiro to the embassy where they burned a flag of Great Britain. Meanwhile, at 14:30 there will be another mobilization of the MST and the Polo Obrero Quebracho revolutionary patriotic movement called for a march this morning from the Retiro to the British Embassy, […]

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British Defense secretary states Argentina not military threat, lacks capacity to go to war

Just four days met the 30 anniversary of the Falklands War and amid diplomatic crossing London for the sovereignty of the islands, the British Defense Secretary said that Argentina is not a “military threat” because it forces Armed only “old Mirage” which, evaluated, nothing can cope with the apparatus of war “more advanced in the […]

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Britain denies sending nuclear-armed submarine to South Atlantic

Britain has denied sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic amid rising tensions with Argentina over the Falklands and accused Argentina of “rattling cages in any way they can”. UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg dismissed the claims as “baseless insinuations” in a clash with the Argentine Foreign minister at the international Nuclear Security […]

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Argentina: President states Argentina will always be on the side of peace

President Cristina Kirchner received yesterday Olivos Rattenbach report , which criticizes military action during the War of the Malvinas , and disseminated on the website of the Presidency, as a way of formalizing the harsh condemnation of the Argentine State to war military dictatorship and took her on. Read Article

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Argentina warns stock markets oil companies working Falkland Islands illegal

Argentina has asked stock markets in New York and London to warn investors of its claim that five oil exploration companies are working illegally off the Falkland Islands, which Argentina contends were stolen by Britain more than a century ago. Read Article

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Argentina: President ratifies three weekly flights to Malvinas (Falkland Islands) despite British opposition

President Cristina Fernandez said today that Argentina’s sovereignty claim over the Malvinas Islands is a “global and regional cause” and ratified the decision to send three weekly flights to the archipelago despite British opposition. “We’ve come a long way because it seemed a cause circumscribed to jingoistic claims and had to defend a cause that […]

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Great Britain could retaliate against Argentina

Britain urgently convened yesterday at the British Foreign Argentine charge d’affaires to demand an explanation on the decision to discourage the purchase of British goods and said that these anti-commercial behavior “also of concern to the European Union.”A very diplomatic veiled threat that it could only have mutual concerns but reprisals and sanctions for the […]

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Brazil wants Britain far from Malvinas (Falkland Islands)

Stratfor e-mails reflect the political tug of war with Britain over the Falklands. Reports say that the subject is agitated only as a smokescreen and expressed surprise that “still” has in Argentina who believe that the islands are of this country. Beyond the processes of regional integration and strategic alliances, as the global intelligence agency […]

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Argentina rejects British attempt to militarize conflict over Falklands (Malvinas)

The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that “Argentina rejects the British attempt to militarize the conflict which the United Nations have already been issued on numerous occasions and have indicated that both nations should be resolved through bilateral negotiations.” Read Article

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England plans to construct airport Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Although the idea was introduced in 2005 was taken up in recent days, amid the tension between Britain and Argentina over the claim around the Falkland Islands. The British Government plans to build an airport that connects with St. Helena Islands, an archipelago of 4 000 inhabitants. Faced with the possibility to interrupt the current […]

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Argentina: UK sends destroyer to Falkland Islands, claims it is routine

The Ministry of Defense announced today that Britain sent to the Falkland Islands the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless n, one of the most powerful and modern Royal Navy. However, it was clarified that the arrival of the ship was already scheduled, and will replace another patrol boat. Read Article

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“Falkland Islanders must be masters of their own fate”

In an article published today the Foreign Secretary William Hague sets out why the future of the territory can only be decided by its people themselves.Last Saturday, the writer Simon Winchester and the Argentine Foreign Minister made the case for a negotiated handover of the Falklands. Here the Foreign Secretary sets out why the future […]

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British Prime Minister closes door on negotiations over sovereignty of Falkland Islands

The British Prime Minister David Cameron , yesterday closed the door to negotiations with Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falklands and harshly criticized the decision of the Mercosur block access to its ports of ships under the flag of the islands. In his Christmas message to the Islanders, Cameron described as “unjustified and counterproductive” […]

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Britain in tussle with Argentina over Falkland Islands Ship Ban

FALKLAND islanders yesterday vowed to defy a South American “blockade” aimed at strangling their economy. Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and ­Paraguay have banned ships flying the Falklands flag from docking in their ports.The provocative move sparked calls yesterday for Britain to send a nuclear submarine to the south Atlantic in a show of force. Read Article

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British press claims Argentina putting pressure on fishing vessels

At least twelve vessels attempting to enter the Argentine Sea area around the Falkland Islands were intercepted by the navy Argentina in the last three months, according to a published version of a British newspaper. According to the Daily Mail, in such interceptions “Argentine naval commanders” turned to “Spanish ships” to warn them that were […]

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Argentina begins naval campaign to isolate Falkland Islands

Argentine patrol vessels have boarded 12 Spanish boats, operating under fishing licences issued by the Falkland Islands, for operating “illegally” in disputed waters in recent weeks. Argentine patrol commanders carrying out interceptions near the South American coast told Spanish captains they were in violation of Argentina’s “legal” blockade of sea channels to the Falklands. Read […]

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Argentina diplomat tells UN body that Great Britain defies South America

UK “defies South America” when it denies Argentina Malvinas sovereignty “Great Britain defies the whole of South America not allowing Argentina to patrol its own waters and denies South America the right to exercise sovereignty over a space which naturally belongs to her”, said ambassador Argüello during a conference at an Italian university to celebrate […]

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Tension heats up between Argentina and Britain over Falklands(Malvinas)

In a new episode of tension between Argentina and Britain over the sovereignty of the Falklands, the Government reiterated tonight his “rejection of the British military presence in Argentine territory and maritime areas of the South Atlantic,” after he knew about the displacement of a warship to the area. Read Article

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UK congratulates Argentina’s President in re-election, but states Falklands’ sovreignty not negotiable

The British government congratulated Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on her re-election and historic victory in Sunday’s polls but it also insisted that the sovereignty of the Falklands is “not negotiable”. “We congratulate Cristina Fernandez for her re-election as president of Argentina and look forward to work together in a wide range of global issues which […]

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Argentinas Claims on South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands

Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands is well documented, but lesser known is her continued claim to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. HMS Edinburgh has successfully completed her flag-flying mission to South Georgia whilst carrying out duties which the Royal Navy rather blandly describes as Atlantic Patrol Task (South) or APT(S). Read Article

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U.K. to commercialize oil in Falklands without Argentine permission

British oil company Rockhopper announced this week that it has begun evaluating methods to extract oil from a well in the waters surrounding the Falklands Islands which they have been drilling in since last year without permission from the Argentine Government, according to diariouno.com.ar. This is the first time any oil company has officially decided […]

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First man born in Falklands to become Argentine citizen

James Peck yesterday became the first person born on the Falkland Islands to become an Argentine citizen, according to bbc.co.uk.com. At a ceremony yesterday, president Kirchner presented Peck with his new documentation and Argentine birth certificate in commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War. Peck lives in Buenos Aires with […]

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Britain cannot defend Falklands

Military cuts mean Britain would be hard put to defend the Falkland Islands from another Argentine attack, the commander of the naval task force that recaptured them exactly 29 years ago said today. Read Article

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Argentina, “All for the Falklands” campaign proposed

National Deputy Mariel Calchaquí has introduced 2 bills this week under the slogan “All for the Falklands” that aim to increase awareness nationally and internationally that Argentina has rights to the territory, according to malvinense.com.ar. The first part of the legislation proposed would create a logo stating, “The Falkland, Georgia and South Sandwich Islands are […]

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FALKLAND ISLANDS, FISHING VESSEL HARASSED BY UNKNOWN ARGENTINES

A fishing trawler has been accused of operating illegally by Argentine Authorities despite being in Falklands waters. Yesterday evening the Korean fishing trawler Pratedina 28 was contacted by radio by an unidentified Argentine Naval vessel. At the time the Pratedina 28 was operating in the Falklands Outer Conservation Zone with a valid licence issued by […]

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Why the Falklands want to stay British

Twenty nine years ago this June, British Forces liberated the Falkland Islands from Argentine invasion. Since that time, there has been much discussion and conjecture over the future of the Islands; however, in public debate at least, seldom have the views of the Falkland Islanders themselves been sought. Read Article

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Israel armed Argentina during Falklands War, book reveals

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin agreed to help Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War as revenge for Britain’s crackdown on the Irgun during the British mandate of Palestine, according to a new book. “Operation Israel: The Reaming of Argentina During The Dictatorship,” by Argentinian journalist Hernan Dobry, explains how Israel secretly supplied arms and equipment […]

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Falklanders to reap wind energy – with their car batteries

The Falkland Islands could become the world’s first territory to be mainly powered by a revolutionary combination of wind power and electric car batteries. Seven wind turbines already provide the islands with more than half of their electricity needs. The rest is generated by costly diesel imported to power generators. Read Article

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Falklands’ Health Services praised by UK Ministry of Defence audit

The audit was performed by senior clinical staff from the UK Ministry of Defence Permanent Joint Headquarters and highlighted “the dedication and team spirit of all members of staff and their pursuit to deliver quality care to their patients”. It also noted that “for such a remote and isolated community the provision of health care […]

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Falklands’ explosives disposal team has dealt with 2.8 million ordnance items in 29 years

After almost twenty nine years of service to the Falkland Islands the Joint Services Explosive Ordnance Disposal team based at Hillside Camp in the capital Stanley will be transferring its service to JSEOD teams based at the Mount Pleasant Complex. Read Article

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Falklands’ farmers benefit from all time high wool prices

Robert Hall of wool agents Falkland Wool Growers Ltd told Mercopress, “Prices have substantially improved this season. For example, gross UK prices for 25 micron combing fleece wool are 640 pence per kilo in 2011, compared to 390 pence per kilo in 2010 and 208 pence per kilo in 2001.” Read Article

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Falkland Islands’ tours are top three in South America

Three Falkland Islands tours achieved the top ratings out of all South American excursions taken by Princess Cruise Line passengers during the 2010/11 season, confirmed Tourism Coordinator Samantha Marsh of Falklands Port and Shore Excursion Agents Sulivan Shipping Ltd. Read Article

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Falklands’ oil find likely to be commercially viable, says Rockhopper Exploration

In a release the company said that its latest appraisal at the Sea Lion well had found “a high quality reservoir”. Shares of the company soared on the news. Rockhopper’s Sea Lion was the first oil strike in Falklands’ waters (May 2010). Read Article

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Argentina to drill for oil near Falklands

Argentina is going ahead with deep-sea exploration for hydrocarbons close to the Falklands Islands territorial waters in the South Atlantic despite risks of heightened tensions with Britain and the U.K. overseas territory. Read Article

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Spanish police helped Britain win Falklands War

IN May 1982 Spanish police probably altered the course of the Falklands War after stumbling on Argentinean plans to blow up British warships in Gibraltar harbour. A recently reissued documentary, directed by Jesus Mora, refutes Sunday Times claims that the French intelligence service alerted Britain to the plot. Read Article

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Falkland Islands plans second stage of demining

A Falkland Islands Government House representative Ralph Jones confirmed, “The Foreign Office has funding to undertake a small project on the Falkland Islands. The project is in the planning stage and no site has been identified as yet.” Foreign and Commonwealth officials and Ministry of Defence officials will visit the Falkland Islands in early February […]

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Argentina reaffirmed sovereignty over Malvinas Islands

Argentina reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands Monday, 178 years after losing the disputed territory to Britain. “Argentina once again reaffirms the imprescriptible sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime area,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Read Article

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Falklands set to increase drilling for oil

The British-ruled Falkland Islands government and oil companies contracted to explore for deep-sea oil will increase drilling operations in 2011 and reinforce this year’s result with a designated Discovery Area in the South Atlantic. Read Article

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