Falklands War – files released

29 Dec

The release of hitherto secret files surrounding the 1982 Falklands War is shedding new light on the build up to that conflict between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. flakland

Released under the 30 year rule, the files show the state of negotiations between the two sides in the period between 1979 and 1982; the concerns of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and the attempts to find a solution by Lord Peter Carrington.

Contrary to some claims, the files indicate that the British Government paid little but lip-service to the ideas of ‘lease-back’ and ‘condominium’, preferring to try to persuade Argentina of the advantages of ‘freezing’ any discussion on sovereignty, whilst concentrating on more practical matters, such as fish stocks, and oil exploration.

It is also very obvious that the Argentine Government could only see one outcome to the issue; a complete cession of sovereignty from Britain to Argentina, regardless of the Islanders’ wishes. An attitude that impeded any real negotiation. On the other hand, the British Government never wavered in its belief in the soundness of its own title to the archipelago, and never moved from a recognition that any solution could only work if the Islanders agreed to it.

This initial release will be followed by the majority of the files although a few remain redacted.

Britain’s claims to the Falkland Islands goes back to 1765. Argentina however claims to have inherited a disputed Spanish title to East Falkland in 1810.




2 Responses to “Falklands War – files released”

  1. eric brierley December 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    clicked on see all comments…blocked by firewall…..recognised as pornography site!

    • lordton1955 December 30, 2012 at 12:51 am #

      I doubt that I turn many ‘on’ here 🙂

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