Argentina to complain to UN about act of petty vandalism

1 Aug

In an act of petty vandalism, a glass case containing a statue of Argentina’s patron saint, has been damaged at a cemetery at Darwin on the Falkland Islands.

The thick glass case appears to have been hit by a sharp implement creating a number of holes. The saint inside, the Virgin of Lujan, appears undamaged and police on the Falklands are investigating the matter following a complaint by an Island resident.

Argentina’s Government in Buenos Aires however are announcing that they will take this police matter to the United Nations and the International Red Cross.

There is speculation that the damage was caused as a response to the recent film of an Argentine athlete running and exercising on British monuments in the Falklands. Argentina has not apologised for that similar act of disrespect; although on this occasion the Falkland Islands Government was quick to issue a statement of their concern. “Clearly we condemn any action of this sort and very much regret that it happened,” said Dick Sawle, a legislator with the Government.

Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, said; “We believe that this act reflects escalating hostility by certain British sectors who are influential locally.”

2012 has been a difficult years for Falkland/Argentine relations commemorating as it does, the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion of the Islands in 1982. The cemetery pays homage to the young Argentines who died as a result of that act of aggression. Tensions are naturally high, not helped by Argentina’s continual bickering over anything that will gain a press headline. Last week it was routine missile tests that gave the Falklands’ neighbour cause for complaint.

The Falkland Islands have been British since 1765. Argentina’s first attempt to claim sovereignty over the archipelago was in 1829, to which Britain protested. Buenos Aires sent an armed force to take control of the Islands in 1832 and the trespassers were peacefully ejected by the Royal Navy a few months later. During the short-lived Falklands War over 900 young men lost their lives following Argentina’s second attempt to take the islands by force.

The damage caused to the cemetery’s icon was an act of mindless vandalism and it is to be hoped that the offender will be caught and punished.

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3 Responses to “Argentina to complain to UN about act of petty vandalism”

  1. Don Alberto August 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    This is definively a matter for the United Nations’ Security Council, NATO, SEATO and Zimbabwe’s Poultryfarmers’ Association !!!!

    (Warning: The above text may contain a trace of sarcasm)

  2. CLopez August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    The Falkland Islands can’t be British since 1765 because from 1774 to 1829 (55 years) they made no claim or assertion of sovereignty, effectively losing any alleged rights over them.

    Argentina, on the other hand, considered the Malvinas as part of its territory since the first days of the revolution in 1810: http://www.escolares.com.ar/historia/oficio-de-cornelio-savedra-sobre-las-islas-malvinas.html
    because at that time it was still occupied by Spanish troops.

    In 1820 they were formally taken possession of and in 1823 first attempts were made to establish an Argentine colony, by Pacheco and Vernet.

    • lordton1955 August 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      Utter Rubbish ! The British ONLY withdrew the garrison in 1774. British commerce remined. West Falkland was surveyed in 1786.

      Savedra actually sent the bill back to Montevideo in 1810, effectively returning it to Spain and saying that the islands were nothing to do with BA.

      Nothing of importance hapened in 1820. Jewett did not do enough to establish sovereignty. Vernet had British permission.

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