Argentina is ‘Innocent’ !

26 Jan

Argentina’s President, Cristina Kirchner, returned to work yesterday following a few weeks convalescence after surgery for a suspected cancer.

Immediately on her return she claimed that the United Kingdom; “has no arguments” on the issue of the Falkland Islands sovereignty despite the lesson in history delivered by Foreign Secretary William Hague last week. With the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion of the Falklands in 1982, the President also moved to distance her people from the act of the military junta that ruled at that time.

“History clearly shows that that war was not demanded by the Argentine people, but orchestrated by a junta desperate to bury the new reality that had been uncovered by a group of women who were looking for their children and grandchildren while wearing white handkerchiefs on their heads,” she said, before initiating a committee to consider declassifying the remaining documents concerning the conflict.

In 1982 the military rulers were under economic pressure and needed to distract the Argentine population from their financial woes. As the one unifying factor in Argentine politics, the issue of Falkland sovereignty was used as the cover, with planning believed to have started the previous year.

Argentine troops landed on the archipelago, and South Georgia, on April 2nd, 1982 starting a conflict that would last 74 days and result in nearly 1,000 dead. The majority Argentine servicemen.

On the day of the invasion, the Junta’s head, General Galtieri, went on to the balcony overlooking the Plaza de Mayo and was cheered by crowds estimated at some 200,000. Jubilant members of the population were reported as ‘dancing in the streets.’

Many Argentines now deny that they were there that day.

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