Argentina Accuses Britain of Bullying

31 Jan

Argentina was quick to condemn the deployment of Britain’s most advanced Destroyer, HMS Dauntless, to the South Atlantic a move which was announced yesterday.

Accusing the British of “bullying”, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires said; “The Argentine Republic rejects the British attempt to militarize a conflict that the UN has already said must be solved through bilateral negotiations between both nations,” adding; “Governments should try to avoid falling in the temptation to engage in discourse that transforms patriotism in bullying patriotism in order to distract public attention from policies of economic adjustment in the midst of a structural crisis and high unemployment.”

HMS Dauntless will be deployed on her maiden mission to the South Atlantic at the end of March, just days before the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falklands on April 2nd, 1982.

Argentina also criticised the deployment of Prince William, heir to the throne of Great Britain, which is due to take place at much the same time as the arrival of the new vessel. Prince William was described as due to arrive in; “in the uniform of a conquistador.”

In addition to the military deployments, the Falkland Islands will also be visited by a Minister from London, and another member of the Royal Family as part of this year’s Jubilee celebrations.

The Falkland Islands have been staunchly British since 1833 when a military force sent from Buenos Aires, to seize the archipelago was ejected by a small British force. History repeated itself on a larger scale in 1982 when a large invasion force, sent by Argentina, was defeated in a 74 day long war by British troops. The Falklands have belonged to Britain since its first garrison arrived there in 1767.

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