Return to Sender; Address Unknown

26 Jul

Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, has expressed his concern to the International Red Cross that no reply had yet been received from the United Kingdom regarding a request for a forensic identification of the remains of unknown soldiers from the 1982 Falklands War.

Buenos Aires had asked the British Government, via the Red Cross, in early April but claims disingenuously that no response has ever been received.

In fact the British Government did respond at the time, saying that it would forward the request on to the Falkland Islands’ Government (FIG) to whom it should have been addressed in the first place. Since then the FIG  has written to the Argentine Embassy in London to say that it is prepared to sit down and discuss a range of issues; a response that appears to have been ignored.

Argentina’s problem is that it refuses to recognise the Government in the Islands, preferring to believe that all matters are bi-lateral between itself and London. The British Government however, in accordance with the various United Nations Resolutions concerning decolonisation, has passed all responsibility for their affairs to the people of the Falkland Islands with the exception of Defence and Foreign relations; although it will always defer to the FIG regarding both of these.

Any forensic examination of the remains on the Islands is an internal affair for which Buenos Aires needs to approach the FIG.


4 Responses to “Return to Sender; Address Unknown”

  1. CLopez July 26, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    The FI should separate themselves from the UK and join the Commonwealth. Until then, it is a bilateral issue. A country cannot sit to dialogue with a province/state. Specially one whose government is selected half by their inhabitants and half by their national government.

    • lordton1955 July 26, 2012 at 4:21 am #

      Devolution of administrative functions is fully in accordance with United Nations Resolutions.

      Buenos Aires has no choice but to deal with the FIG. Not if they actually want to achieve anything.

      • CLopez July 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

        Don’t talk to me. Talk to Mendoza province.

        Or to the hand.

  2. Patrick July 30, 2012 at 4:05 am #


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