Peru Breaks ranks over the Falklands

19 Mar

A report today in the Buenos Aires Herald suggests that Peru has broken ranks with its neighbours in allowing the visit on Thursday by HMS Montrose, a fully armed Royal Navy Type 23 frigate.

HMS Montrose has been engaged in patrolling the British South Atlantic, although it has recently been replaced by the more modern Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Dauntless. Despite this week’s affirmation of the Unasur position over the Falkland Islands, signed by Peru, the country has welcomed Thursday’s visit. The vessel is due to arrive just after the visit by Jeremy Browne, the British Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Buenos Aires Herald finds this visit particularly galling following repeated reassurances by Peru of its support for Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands, accusing Peru of moving closer to Britain at a time when the 1982 Falklands War is to be remembered. Of the possible reasons for Peru’s perfidy, the newspaper cites the lack of appreciation by Argentina following Peru’s support in 1982, which resulted in assistance, by Argentina, to Ecuador in the 1995 border war between the two countries. They also quote Lord Ponsonby’s famous maxim, “Truth is the first casualty of war.”

 Argentina claims that the whole of South America is united in their condemnation of the British ‘militarization’ of the South Atlantic and that all its neighbours fully support Argentina’s claim to the British territory, which has been under British sovereignty since 1765.


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