Argentina condemns Prince William Falklands posting

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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 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 180.

    Comment number 135. Petisa
    15 Minutes ago

    The problem with all this is that the islands are in Argentine's territorial waters but he inhabitants are British... Who is right?

    Take another look at the map. The west coast if The Falklands is over 300 miles from Argentina. Territorial water usually only stretch for twelve miles.

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    Comment number 179.

    131.Chris Neville-Smith

    Well said Sir!

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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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    Comment number 177.

    Ask the people who live there.
    Who do you want to be your protector Britain or Argentina ?
    We have had an answer which was Britain so unless there has been something everyone else has missed Argentina you can bugger off.

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    Comment number 176.

    Whether they like it or not, the Falklands are British and Bruco Marco needs a stiff rebuke through our diplomats. They're pushing their luck. Next they'll want to take over the Channel Is.

    The Argentinians ought to spend more time and thought on their economic chaos, mind their own business and let us get on with ours.

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    Comment number 175.

    Let's deal with facts. The Islas Malvinas: the Spanish version of the French les îles Malouines, so called because they were claimed for the French crown by sailors from Saint Malo. But the French did not maintain a presence there, and they were later claimed by Spain, who did. They then passed to Britain by treaty, and this is crucial, Before the creation of Argentina from ex-Spanish provinces.

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    Comment number 174.

    I remember watching a documentry on the falkland islands years before the invasion by Argentina. The islands then were described as more British than Britain. The people of the Falklands did not want to live under a regime that murdered many hundreds of its own people then and do not want to be Argentinian citizens now. the decison must be that of the falkland islanders themselves and no one else.

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    Comment number 173.

    They've heard we've run out of money and aircraft carriers. There's gas and oil in them there south atlantic waves and only one country that can realistically get them out and use them. Not in the least bit surprised by this move from Argentina...

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    Comment number 172.

    If Argentina wants to take the Falklands,let them, there is very little our corrupt policitians could do about it. They want the oil and they have the backing of the other South American countries. We are not in position to retaliate. Time for Britain to stop meddling in world affairs, bring the troops home and to defend our borders from within.

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    Comment number 171.

    @ indiansummer42

    Apologise for what? they do not believe they have done anything wrong, they believe they have a legitimate claim to the islands. It is foolish of us to stamp our feet and say "well finders keepers".

    Argentina want dialog, they want a peaceful solution. It is only the Sun reading knuckles dragging on the floor minority here that want to play soldiers.

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    Comment number 170.

    They are British, end of story. The only people who continue to delude themselves otherwise are either anti-British 'progressives' who haven't bothered to do even an iota of reading into the subject further than "Britain is involved, therefore Britain is wrong", or Argentinians who simply don't know any better. Either way, the carousel of ignorance needs to grind to a halt, and fast.

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    Comment number 169.

    "the Falklands in canoes, the islands were officially discovered on ugust 14, 1592 by John Davis, master of HMS Desire, during an English naval expedition"

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    Comment number 167.

    #158 "that doesnt mean that Patagonia is British, and the same should apply to Falklands".

    So therefore, the land that is now Argentina never belonged to the Spanish work out the rest for yourself.

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    Comment number 165.


    Please please look at a history book. Spain 'inherited' the French colonies and then attacked the British colony. Previous to that it was just British and French colonists from the late 1600's to 1700's. No Spanish. No Argentine.

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    Comment number 164.

    I love how Argentina accuse us of arrogance whilst they themselves are being arrogant!

    They have no realistic, historical or legitimate claim (other than the fact that the islands are near their country). Geography alone is not a factor in this.

    Even when you put that aside - they lost a war over the territory... Not to mention the population want it to remain under UK rule.

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    Comment number 163.

    @158 Frecles

    Why do we need to talk? We hold all the cards.

    We've no need nor desire to give them anything. Discussions would be pointless.

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    Comment number 162.

    The inhabitants don't want to be Argentinian, so there's no point talking about it. End of story...


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