Argentina condemns Prince William Falklands posting

 
The Duke of Cambridge The Duke's tour was first announced in the summer

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The Duke of Cambridge's posting to the Falkland Islands has been condemned by Argentina as a "provocative act".

Britain says Prince William's deployment for training as a helicopter rescue pilot is routine.

But Argentine official Sebastian Brugo Marco said Argentina could not ignore the "political content" of the mission.

The prince's tour next year will come shortly before the 30th anniversary of Argentina's defeat in the Falklands War.

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands, which it calls Las Malvinas.

Mr Brugo Marco, the Argentine official with responsibility for the South Atlantic territory, made his comments in an interview with the Argentine newspaper, La Nacion.

"It is one more provocative act that shows Britain's military presence in a zone of peace where there is no armed conflict," he said.

"One cannot ignore the political content of this military operation bearing in mind that the prince forms part of the Royal Family".

'Arrogant' Britain

The Royal Air force has stressed that the posting is a normal part of Prince William's training and says he will not perform any ceremonial duties.

His uncle, the Duke of York, served as a helicopter pilot in the 1982 conflict, when Argentina invaded the islands only to be defeated by a British task force.

Earlier this year Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called Britain "arrogant" for refusing to negotiate on the islands.

Her government stepped up its campaign to gain sovereignty over the territory in 2010 after Britain started to search for oil in Falklands waters.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said there can be no negotiations on the status of the islands unless the people of the Falklands want them.

Britain has ruled the Falklands for more than 180 years, but Argentina insists it has a prior claim.

 

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    Comment number 500.

    Having served in the Falklands on many occasions, the routine tour of an SAR pilot will have little impact upon either the service or local community. Of course there will be some local fascination for the Prince and the girls will get excited in the bar. But otherwise, the only significant impact will be if you get rescued by a SAR 'Copter- the Prince will do his duty and that will be that.

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    Comment number 427.

    Prince or pauper, Britain has no business to train William in the islands over which Argentina has control. This is an overt act of defiance and provocative enough to nurture ill-feeling between the two nations.

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    Comment number 312.

    The Falklands are British sovereign territory - the Duke is a member of HM Armed forces ... and if he gets posted there then he goes there. I hope if he has to rescue anyone they are grateful for it as I would be.

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    Comment number 181.

    Why are we even bothering to take any notice? Mr Brugo Marco’s comments were for the benefit of his own people, which is understandable given the unrest on his own doorstep. If he is serious about the Falklands becoming part of Argentina then give the Falkland's people positive reasons to wish to be part of Argentina. He won’t do that by vilifying the Falkland’s people or Britain.

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    Comment number 178.

    As a serviceman who served in the Falklands in 1982, I met with many locals, they are proud of their British heritage and wish to remain so. Argentina were the aggressors not us. Prince William is a serviceman and that is the capacity in which he will serve in the South Atlantic, it is not political.

 

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