The candle is lit at the National Arboretum

Services are being held in Britain and Argentina to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War.

A total of 255 British and about 650 Argentine troops died after the UK sent a task force to the islands to combat the Argentine invasion on 2 April 1982.

The anniversary comes amid renewed tension, as Argentina has reasserted its claim to the archipelago.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested the day is used to remember both the Argentine and British dead.

In a statement, Mr Cameron also said that he remains committed to upholding British sovereignty over the islands.

Meanwhile, the Royal Navy has confirmed HMS Dauntless – one of its newest warships – will leave the UK on Wednesday for a six month routine deployment in the South Atlantic.

Britain has controlled the Falklands since 1833 but Argentina claims the territory – which it calls the Malvinas – saying it inherited rights to them from Spain.

Source: BBC News Read more

Comment:

Since my previous posts on the subject of the Falkland Islands sovereignty I have found two very full accounts of the histories involved whereas, my previous sources were somewhat brief and favoured the British.

Debatepedia clearly shows that on 22nd January 1771 Spain and Britain signed an agreement where both nations rights were reserved.

As this agreement existed 45 years before Argentina existed with its Independence in 1816, Argentina had no sole claim over the Falklands being inherited from Spain without accepting they were in effect, co-owned by the British who had not acknowledged any such succession of sovereignty.

The British left the islands in 1774 while leaving a plaque maintaining their political claim.

The Spanish then governed the islands from Buenos Aires (not Argentina) until 1811 when they too abandoned the islands. This was still before Argentina’s Independence.

The British arrived back in 1833 following a series of incidents between Argentina and the USA over fisheries rights in 1831/32. See: U.S. and British Diplomacy in the South Atlantic (2007) Where the Argentine Governor and others were imprisoned by the Americans.

The claim by Argentina that the Falklands were included in the independence is refuted by the fact that none of Spains territories were relinquished in terms of sovereignty until 1836, after the British were already in residence.

Both these articles are worth reading in order to understand the complicated story. More complicated than I had previously been lead to believe.

The crux of the matter is, the Falkland Islands appear to legally be a British Overseas Territory.

In response to this recent altercation of words between Argentina and Britain, I have proposed a solution. While, I am not a diplomat and make no such claims, simply I have suggested a working model that should be explored diplomatically and any government, British or Argentine, ought to be able to respect as a solution by 21st century people.

Is there a Falklands Solution?

Meanwhile, both Argentina and Britain should forget the folly of 1982 and remember the people who were lost on both sides. Because, they, not the politicians, were the honorable ones.

 

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