No News is No News

5 Mar

As the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands War creeps ever closer, last week’s explosion in the war of words between Argentina and the United Kingdom died away over the weekend. Not a ceasefire, but a chance to reload perhaps.

Argentina’s Deputy President, Amado Boudou, attending a wine festival, managed to slip in a few words to suggest that Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands was a cross-party issue; which was hardly a surprise. Why he bothered mentioning the issue at a Wine Festival was explained in comments that said his boss, President Cristina Fernandez, had issued instructions that the Falklands were to be included in all forums. With the sheer mass of references over the last few weeks, it is doubtful that Boudou’s comments spilt a single drop.

Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, may be in trouble for not mentioning the Falklands in his closing address in Angola, but made up for the slip by getting a mention in during his visit to Aberbaijan where he outlined Argentina’s position and said that Argentina only sought a peaceful solution under international law. There is no indication that his hosts noticed.

A quiet weekend then, without a rock-star or actor in sight. Rumours of Prince William taking a liking to a penguin, and a suggestion that the Falkland Islands Government would like to see flights to any country, other than Argentina, apart, nothing really newsworthy at all.


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