martedì 3 aprile 2007


Todays post is of a political agenda...but not with the intention to offend!
I was just a lad back in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland islands but it seems like yesterday. It seems as if old wounds are about to be reopened after Argentina claimed that it will fight on to win sovereignty over the British-controlled Falkland Islands, 25 years after a disastrous war for control of the islands.
Argentina's ill-fated Falklands campaign is widely seen as a bad move by the military dictatorship ruling at the time.
Britain has said that it will only enter talks if the 2,900 islanders want it to, 2,900 islanders who consider themselves British!
The 10-week conflict killed about 650 Argentine and 255 British troops in 1982.
I believe that the islanders should decide....
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Oggi il Post parlerà di politica.... ma senza l'intenzione di offendere nessuno!
Ero molto giovene nel 1982 quando l'Argentina aveva invaso le isole Falkalnd, ma sembra ieri. Sembra che le vecchie ferite stanno per essere riaperte dopo che l'Argentina ha dichiarato che sono pronti per vincere la sovranità britannica sulle isole, 25 anni dopo una guerra disastrosa per il controllo delle stesse. La Gran-Bretagna ha detto che entrerà nei colloqui con l'Argentina solo se i 2.900 isolani che si considerano britannici lo desidereranno! “Il conflitto di dieci settimane aveva ucciso circa 650 truppe dell'Argentina e 255 britanniche nel lontano 1982."
Io credo che a questo punto gli isolani dovrebbero decidere…
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7 commenti:

Anonimo ha detto...

If the islander want to remain British...they should remain British!

Kev Cruz ha detto...

First recorded sighting on August 14, by English sea captain John Davis in the ship 'Desire'.

First recorded landing made by English navigator, Captain John Strong in his ship the 'Welfare'. He named the channel dividing the two main islands 'Falkland Sound' after Viscount Falkland, then Treasurer of the Royal Navy.

Over the years several French ships visited the Islands, which they called Les Iles Malouines after the French port of St. Malo.

Lord Anson passed the Islands on an exploration voyage and urged Britain to consider them as a preliminary step to establishing a base near Cape Horn.

The French diplomat and explorer, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, established a settlement at Port Louis on East Falkland.

Unaware of the French settlement, Commodore John Byron landed at Port Egmont on West Falkland and took possession of the Islands for the British Crown.

Captain John MacBride established a British settlement at Port Egmont.

The Spanish Government protested about the French settlement and Bougainville was forced to surrender his interests in the Islands in return for an agreed sum of money. A Spanish Governor was appointed and Port Louis was renamed Puerto de la Soledad, and placed under the jurisdiction of the Captain-General of Buenos Aires; then a Spanish colony.

British forced from Port Egmont by the Spanish.

Serious diplomatic negotiations involving Britain, Spain and France produce the Exchange of Declarations, whereby Port Egmont was restored to Britain.

Britain withdrew from Port Egmont on economic grounds as part of a redeployment of forces due to the approaching American War of Independence, leaving behind a plaque as the mark of continuing British sovereignty.

The Spanish garrison withdrew from Puerto de la Soledad. At this time, South American colonies were in a state of revolt against Spain.

The provinces which constituted the old Spanish vice-royalty declared independence from Spain as the United Provinces of the River Plate.

A Buenos Aires privateer claimed the Falkland Islands in what was probably an unauthorised act - which was never reported to the Buenos Aires government. No occupation followed this.

A private attempt was made to establish a settlement on the Islands, but this failed after a few months. The organisers requested the Buenos Aires government to appoint one of their employees the unpaid 'Commander' of the settlement.

Britain and the Government of Buenos Aires signed a Treaty of Amity, Trade and Navigation. No reference was made to the Falkland Islands.

Louis Vernet, a naturalised citizen of Buenos Aires (originally French with German connections), undertook a private venture and established a new settlement at Puerto de la Soledad.

Buenos Aires appointed Vernet unpaid Commander of his concession in the Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego, on the grounds that they claimed all rights in the region previously exercised by Spain. Britain registered a formal protest, asserting her own sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

Vernet made the first of several approaches to Britain then to re-assert its sovereignty over the Islands. Earlier he had got the British Consul in Buenos Aires to countersign his land grants.

Vernet seized three American sealing ships, in an attempt to control fishing in Falkland waters. In retaliation, the US sloop 'Lexington' destroyed Puerto de la Soledad, and proclaimed the Islands 'free of all government'. Most of the settlers were persuaded to leave on board the 'Lexington'.

Diplomatic relations between the US and Argentina broke down until 1844. Supporting Britain, the US questioned the claim that all Spanish possessions had been transferred to the Government of Buenos Aires and confirmed its use of the Falklands as a fishing base for over 50 years. The US declared that Spain had exercised no sovereignty over several coasts to which Buenos Aires claimed to be heir, including Patagonia.

Buenos Aires appointed an interim Commander to the Islands, Commander Mestivier, who arrived (with a tiny garrison and some convicts) about a month before Britain re-asserted its claim at Port Egmont.

Commander Mestivier had been murdered by his own men by the time Captain Onslow sailed from Port Egmont in the warship 'Clio' and took over Port Louis, claiming the Islands for Britain.

Buenos Aires protested, only to be told: "The British Government upon this occasion has only exercised its full and undoubted right … The British Government at one time thought it inexpedient to maintain any Garrison in those Islands: It has now altered its views, and has deemed it proper to establish a Post there."

Since this time, British administration has remained unbroken apart from a ten week Argentine occupation in 1982.

Stanley officially became the capital of the Islands when Governor Moody moved the administration from Port Louis. The capital was so named after the Colonial Secretary of the day, Edward Geoffrey Smith Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby.

Battle of the Falkland Islands, one of the major naval engagements of the First World War in which British victory secured the Cape Horn passage for the remainder of the war.

United Nations Assembly passed Resolution 2065, following lobbying by Argentina. This reminded members of the organisation's pledge to end all forms of colonialism. Argentine and British Governments were called upon to negotiate a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute, bringing the issue to international attention formally for the first time.

Through diplomatic channels, Britain and Argentina began discussions in response to UN Assembly pressure.

The Falkland Islands Emergency Committee was set up by influential supporters in the UK to lobby the British Government against any weakening on the sovereignty issue. In April, the Foreign Secretary assured the House of Commons that the Islanders' interests were paramount in any discussions with Argentina.

Communications Agreement was signed by the British and Argentine governments whereby external communications would be provided to the Falkland Islands by Argentina.

On 2 April Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and diplomatic relations between the two nations were broken off. Argentine troops occupied the Islands for ten weeks before being defeated by the British. The Argentines surrendered on 14 June, now known as Liberation Day.

Diplomatic relations between Britain and Argentina were restored.

At the instigation of Falkland Islands Councillors, a Joint Statement was signed between the British and Argentine Governments on 14 July. This was designed 'to build confidence and reduce tension' between the Islands and Argentina. Two Councillors from the Islands witnessed the signing on behalf of the Falkland Islands Government.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Falklands War.

Anonimo ha detto...

It seems to me as if the island should stay a part of the UK..if that's what the people who live there want.

Dawn ha detto...

Hi Kev, sorry to interrupt you being all political but I'm very happy to hear you may be coming to the USA w/UDO.

Ross The Boss is playing Gualtieri Italy (wherever that is) May 12 but I have to stay home and make $$$ to pay for my new computer and related electronics.

I just know I'll see you again one day eventually one way or another. I can't wait :*

darko ha detto...

Hey great post on a terrible fact thou. Thanks for all the information you have delivered. I was just about to write a post on this very fact. There is a movie made in 2005 called 'Iluminados por el fuego' 'enlightened by the fire' unfortunately it is in spanish. I hope I can see the movie soon. As Southamerica I think that colonialism should be eradicated and not tolerated upon any country or continent. Yet I has happened many time in our vast continent. Since the US governments stirred a big revolution in Panama _(1902) when it was part of Colombia. Finally US gov. ask Col. Gov to sell Panama... the rest is all well known. US Gov built up the channel and since then rule Panama (veiledly)to The situation of Puerto Rico, whose are technically Americans but the are Latin descendant. Who understands this world? To me... as far as I am concerned Falkland Island does not exist, to me there is an Island called Malvinas. I think we all Southamericans still call them Malvinas.

tina ha detto...

the islanders should decide.. they are the ones living in it.

Kev Cruz ha detto...

Thanks for a great post Darko!
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