Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2020

Falklands news: Argentina rages at UK over military exercises – ‘Threat to the continent’ | World | News


Officials in the South American nation are growing increasingly frustrated by military exercises in the area, calling for them to cease. Andrés Dachary, Argentina’s secretary for the Falklands, echoed Gustavo Melella, governor of the Tierra del Fuego province which lays claim to the region, by voicing condemnation.

They highlighted exercises carried out by HMS Forth, army units and RAF aircraft over the last few weeks.

It follows last month’s warning from President Alberto Fernandez who said reclaiming the territory from Britain, referred to as Malvinas in Spanish, is “a matter of state”.

Mr Dachary told FM Masters Radio the coronavirus pandemic has not deterred these plans.

He said: “The British military exercises in Malvinas are a threat to the continent.

 

“In a complex pandemic situation, we have not neglected our claim over Malvinas.

“In addition to the British hostile attitude invading part of our province, they also carried out military exercises in recent days.”

The exercises are said to have taken place on San José Island, belonging to the Malvinas archipelago.

Governor Melella contacted the UK embassy in protest, asking for the immediate end of these practices.

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It comes ahead of Buenos Aires holding talks with Britain next month in their bid to claim sovereignty while placing sanctions on illegal fishing in the South Atlantic.

Diplomat Javier Figueroa hopes to build a positive agenda with Downing Street during the talks.

Mr Figueroa recently published an article in a Panama magazine which said: “Since the military defeat of 1982, our diplomatic actions were aimed at reopening such talks”.

The UK claimed the Falklands 187 years ago and won a war over the territory in 1982. It left around 649 invading Argentine soldiers and 255 British dead.

 

Conflict ceased after 74 days. 

In April, the former head of the Royal Navy told Argentina to “wind their necks in” after they alleged HMS Forth had breached a peace pact in the region.

Former Admiral Lord Alan West said: “[They] ought to just wind their necks in, keep quiet and let things move forward in a nice, peaceful way.” 

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega



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