Falklands at the ParlAmericas IX General Assembly

16 Sep

Reported by the Falkland Islands News Network:


By J. Brock (FINN)

The Hon Dr Barry Elsby MLA has returned from his Latin American tour with a brief report about the meetings and conference he attended with the Hon Mr Dick Sawle MLA. Both MLAs visited Colombia Panama, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Hon Mr Dick Sawle is still in Latin America.

THE Hon Dr Barry Elsby, MLA and the Hon Mr Dick Sawle, MLA attended the ParlAmericas IX General Assembly in Panama that took place from 30 August to 01 September 2012. Attending as observers, the MLAs joined Parliamentarians from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

They met members of the Congress of Guatemala, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, university students and opinion formers, amongst others; and their central message was their wish to be left in peace and to be able to decide for themselves on their future, given the fact that Argentina continues to harass the Falklands people, threatening their way of life and their right to determine the sovereignty of their home. They also wanted to express the desire of the islanders to increase their ties with Latin America, including Guatemala; and explore potential areas of co-operation and engagement such as trade and tourism.

Dr Elsby told both FITV and FIRS that they set the record straight about the Falklands being self-sufficient and not grant in aid. They informed all they met about the Islands  economic developments including the budding oil industry. He went on to say that they were well received by everyone except the Argentines, who tried to get them removed from the ParlAmericas IX General Assembly in Panama.

Not reported in the News Network is the rumour that Argentina’s attempt to oust the Falkland Islanders from the ParlAmericas IX General Assembly was initially supported by Cuba. However,  Cuba reversed its decision and supported the attendance by the Islanders leaving Argentina isolated. The Falklanders’ had originally been invited by Canada.



5 Responses to “Falklands at the ParlAmericas IX General Assembly”

  1. Lincoln Ariel September 19, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    ja, ja ! averigua que soberania apoya Cuba sobre Malvinas,no te hagas ilusiones

  2. carmen September 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    piratas de mierda se tienen que ir de nuestras islas, ladrones….Malvinas argentinas, gibraltar españa

    • lordton1955 September 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      You appear confused – both the Falklands and Gibraltar are British 🙂

      • M.Fellows September 21, 2012 at 5:03 am #

        notice they dont cheer for Catalan Independence (and nor do the Spanish)

      • lordton1955 September 21, 2012 at 9:21 am #

        Do they not ?

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