David Cameron, ” We must never put them at risk.”

9 Jan

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, is reported to have commented on the Falkland Islands situation on Sunday, saying that he had spent a, “serious amount of time” to ensure that the Islands were secure from any further Argentine aggression.

“We must never put them at risk. We must make sure our defences are   strong, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no question of   negotiating; there’s no question of the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. We also need to build strong relationships with all countries in South America, and we’re doing that.”

He added, “We are permanently vigilant about the protection of the Falkland Islands and their defence, and I’ve spent a serious amount of time making sure that’s the case.”

Argentina is expected take as many measures as it can during 2012 in an attempt to place a shadow over the ceremonies expected to commemorate the 30 years since the Falklands War. An increasingly belligerent stance has been adopted to vessels plying their trade between the Islands and South America, and recently the President, Cristina Fernandez, called for every school classroom to be named after an Argentine soldier killed during their invasion of the archipelago. Argentine diplomats also carry large quantities of DVD’s to give to civil servants world-wide in an attempt to promote their claim.

Argentina’s first attempt to seize the Falklands from Britain was in 1832, and the choice of an invasion date in April 1982 reflected the sense of loss still felt in the South American country by their failure 150 years before. Argentina’s second attempt was no more successful than their first, and a task force sent from the United Kingdom quickly dislodged the Argentine troops after 74 days. 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders died during the conflict.

Britain’s claim to the Islands can be traced back to 1690.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9000796/David-Cameron-we-will-not-negotiate-over-the-Falklands.html

http://www.britains-smallwars.com/Falklands/roh.html

http://falklandstimeline.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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