Falkland Islands Government welcomes better relationship with Argentina

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Wednesday, September 14th 2016 – 17:56 UTC

Falkland Islands Government welcomes better relationship with Argentina

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has welcomed the agreement made between the Argentine and United Kingdom Governments, laid out under this morning’s joint statement. Speaking to the media, Members of the Falkland’s Legislative Assembly stated they “looked forward to a better relationship with Argentina”, especially in the areas of hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism.

MLAs Gavin Short, Barry Elsby, Phyl Rendell and Mike Summers address questions from the media this morning.

MLAs Gavin Short, Barry Elsby, Phyl Rendell and Mike Summers address questions from the media this morning.

 

It was announced this morning that the British Government and the Government of Argentina had agreed to an “improved relationship through closer co-operation on areas of mutual interest, including on trade and security”. The joint statement made earlier today follows recent meetings held in Buenos Aires by Sir Alan Duncan, who is the first British Foreign Office Minister to visit Argentina since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Whilst in Buenos Aires Sir Duncan met with many high profile Argentine Government officials, including President Mauricio Macri; who since becoming the President has taken a much more conciliatory tone in regards to Britain and the Falkland Islands than his predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

The joint statement is the first real progress to be made on South Atlantic issues since the previous joint statement made in 1999. Whilst sovereignty over the Falkland Islands was not part of the discussions, the agreement allows for all three countries to work towards addressing the removal of “restrictive measures around the oil and gas industry, shipping and fishing affecting the Falkland Islands in the coming months”.

Both the UK and Argentine delegations also expressed support for the programme to identify the remains of unknown Argentine soldiers buried at Darwin Cemetery in the Falkland Islands. The programme is currently being led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is being facilitated by the Falkland Islands Government (FIG).

Commenting on the joint statement this morning, Sir Duncan said he was “pleased we have agreed the Falkland Islands are free to set up flight connections with other countries in the region. A monthly stopover in Argentina will see a further arrangement similar to that which exists already”. He continued; “the South Atlantic Dialogue will seek to build cooperation in areas of mutual interest”, but this does not include the issue of sovereignty, a point which the UK believes in “strongly”, adding “there can be no dialogue on this unless the Falkland Islanders so wish”.

Following the announcement of the joint statement this morning, FIG stated “they welcomed the agreement”, particularly welcoming the Argentine Government’s move towards “removing all obstacles limiting the economic growth and development of the Falkland Islands”. Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Phyl Rendell, “welcomed and thanked the work done by Sir Duncan” and believed a “reasonable agreement” had been reached, specifically with the Argentine understanding of rolling back the sanctions over the Falklands.

FIG hopes with this agreement “tangible signs of improvement” will be seen in areas of hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism, especially in establishing a new commercial air link with South America. However, FIG was quick to note that any future flight which stopped over in Argentina would follow the same principles as agreed under the previous joint statement in 1999. LATAM airlines currently operates flights between Punta Arenas and the Falklands, but stops in Rio Gallegos in Argentina twice a month, once heading in either direction.

While the dismantling of sanctions was unanimously welcomed by Falkland MLAs, MLA Mike Summers noted that changes may not be seen immediately as changes to policy concerning the Falklands in Argentina would take time and would need the support of the majority of the Argentine Government, support which might not be forthcoming in the future.

Whilst no specific details of the agreement have yet to be discussed, with the joint statement only going as far as proposing an “improved relationship through closer co-operation on areas of mutual interest”, future meetings are scheduled to be held between British and Argentine officials, with FIG confirming they “will be represented at any future discussions”.

Discussions on hydrocarbons and fisheries are rumoured to be the focus initially, with FIG hoping improvements in both these two key economic areas can be quickly realised.

 

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Walter Mitty ex-soldier who lied about serving in Falklands war hands over charity cash for veterans three years late

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IAN Hill organised a fundraising hike while pretending to be a war hero three years ago – but the money only surfaced after the ex-soldier was confronted recently.

Ian Hill organised a charity hike but failed to hand over the fundraising cash

A WALTER Mitty ex-soldier has finally handed over cash to a veterans’ charity – three years after he raised it.

Ian Hill organised a charity hike for Walking with the Wounded while pretending to be a war hero, but the money then disappeared.

He said yesterday that he had paid the charity at last and denied any blame for the long delay.

Hill, 49, is what genuine veterans call a bloater – a former soldier who exaggerates his career.

He was with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for less than two years in the 1980s and never saw active service.

But he claimed to have served in the Falklands and been wounded in the first Gulf War, and to have been a sniper and a sergeant.

 

Source http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/walter-mitty-ex-soldier-who-8744634

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You Thought Nutty UC Davis Chancellor Katehi was Out of Control Pepper Straying Students . . .

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You Thought Nutty UC Davis Chancellor Katehi was Out of Control Pepper Straying Students . . . She’s Going to Pepper Spray the Whole World!

UCDavis Chancellor Katehi corruption/technology transfer, UC Pres. Napolitano and DHS, and former Sec. Energy Steven Chu – How they all fit together and are integrated with Univ. of Calif.

Source: You Thought Nutty UC Davis Chancellor Katehi was Out of Control Pepper Straying Students . . . She’s Going to Pepper Spray the Whole World!

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Humphrey Hawksley — UK’s nuclear plant imbroglio fuels post-Brexit debate

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August 1, 2016 7:00 pm JST
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The site of the Hinkley Point nuclear power stations besides the Bristol Channel in Somerset, England. © Getty Images

The surprise announcement by the U.K. government on July 28 to delay a decision on going ahead with a $26 billion French-built nuclear power station may have a long-term impact that goes far beyond infrastructure financing and the country’s energy supply.

It has immediately opened a heated debate about national security concerns regarding China, a key investor in the plant, with former cabinet ministers saying that suggested safety measures were rejected by the previous government.  It has also planted a marker on how the U.K. will negotiate its departure from the European Union, a process known as Brexit.

Britain is unapologetic about the sudden change in plan and France and China have been quietly polite in their response.

The Hinkley Point C power station in the western English county of Somerset would provide 7% of Britain’s electricity. Under an agreement negotiated three years ago, the French utility giant EDF would build the plant, while Chinese companies, headed by the Chinese National Nuclear Corporation, would finance about a third of the project.

But a lavish contract signing ceremony at the site with 500 guests and a specially prepared Chinese-French-English lunch menu was cancelled at the last minute on July28 when the new British prime minister, Theresa May, said she wanted to take a closer look at the project.

When the Hinkley Point C project was first agreed, Britain was firmly embedded within the EU and was openly courting Chinese investment.

“Let’s stick together to make Britain China’s best partner in the West,” former U.K. finance minister, George Osborne, said last year in a speech at the Shanghai Stock Exchange. “And create a golden decade for both of our countries.”

A sudden change

Even though May sacked Osborne when she took office, her decision was sudden and unexpected. Just five days earlier, Osborne’s successor, Philip Hammond, had confirmed Britain’s support for Hinkley, saying it would go ahead once the EDF board had given its final approval, which it did just hours before May’s decision.

May has only been in office since mid-July and her move has been criticized as “clumsy” by a former cabinet minister, while a trade union leader described it as “bewildering and bonkers”.

 

Read more: http://asia.nikkei.com/Viewpoints/Viewpoints/Humphrey-Hawksley-UK-s-nuclear-plant-imbroglio-fuels-post-Brexit-debate

Fire on Le Boreal was due to human error

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Le-Boreal

FRENCH maritime authorities BEAmer have released their final report into the fire on the cruise ship Le Boreal last year in Falklands waters, which forced the evacuation of nearly 350 passengers and crew.

On the night of November 17, Le Boreal was under way near East Falklands, making 15 knots in rough seas with winds 40 to 45 knots.
At the end of the 8-12 watch, the hotel officer (a licensed second engineer) was doing his regular round of the engine room and observed that the fuel filter clogging indicator on the #4 diesel generator had gone to red, indicating that it was time to change the filter out. He turned a valve to switch the fuel supply over to the alternate filter element, then proceeded to the control room to fill out the logbook. He talked briefly with his relief, and at about 0010 hours, he returned to the generator compartment – and opened the filter housing on the #3 diesel generator instead of the #4.

As this housing was still under pressure – not like the one he had just secured and had intended to open – it sprayed fuel into the compartment, striking the hot surface of the turbocharger and starting a fire.

The hotel officer shouted to his relief in the control room to stop the engines, and the relief hit the buttons for emergency stop for all four diesel generators, cutting propulsion and automatically starting the emergency generator.

The crew’s response to the fire was swift. The crew in the engine control room triggered a water mist fire suppression system over the generators; the bridge team closed the watertight doors; the fuel shutoff valves to the diesels were closed; and a firefighting team mustered.

The team initially believed that the fire had been extinguished by the fixed firefighting system, but when they reentered the compartment in an attempt to restart one of the engines, they found that the blaze had spread to electrical cables towards the upper decks of the engine room. The team battled a series of smaller fires until about 0430.

During the firefighting effort, Le Boreal drifted at about 2.5 knots towards the coast, but the crew succeeded in anchoring her on a safe bottom at about the same time the fire was extinguished.

Evacuation began shortly afterwards.

‘Suspend Falkland/Malvinas sovereignty claim until 2033’, when hopefully Argentina becomes attractive

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Friday, July 15th 2016 – 03:01 UTC

Argentina’s former foreign minister Dante Caputo has proposed suspending the sovereignty claim over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands until 2033, when the 200th anniversary of the “British occupation” because according to his own words, “the multilateral path no longer yields a result”. And he emphasized, “they will come when the country becomes attractive for the Argentines”.

 

“The multilateral path no longer yields a result”, insisted Caputo. In 2033 with whoever is UK Prime minister, we should call for a review of the situation”

“The multilateral path no longer yields a result”, insisted Caputo. In 2033 with whoever is UK Prime minister, we should call for a review of the situation”

“I would propose to the United Kingdom a truce until 2033, when the 200 years of the British occupation of the Malvinas Islands”

“I would propose to the United Kingdom a truce until 2033, when the 200 years of the British occupation of the Malvinas Islands”

“If so many Argentines are disappointed with the future, and would leave the country if they could, Let's accept and address the modernization of Argentina”

“If so many Argentines are disappointed with the future, and would leave the country if they could, Let’s accept and address the modernization of Argentina”

Caputo argued that British people's decision to leave the European Union, Brexit, “will have no effect on the Argentine Falkland/Malvinas sovereignty claim”.

Caputo argued that British people’s decision to leave the European Union, Brexit, “will have no effect on the Argentine Falkland/Malvinas sovereignty claim”.

“I would propose to the United Kingdom a truce until 2033, when the 200 years of the British occupation of the Islands. From now on and until 2033, nobody talks about sovereignty, which will protect us from the period being used as a background to consider we should abandon the claim”, said the former official of the president Ricardo Alfonsin administration in the eighties.

“The multilateral path no longer yields a result”, insisted Caputo and added, “let’s bet on the desirable reality which is modernization and helps turn Argentina into an attractive country for us and the rest”

“If so many Argentines are disappointed with the future, and would leave the country if they could, why what causes us so much angst, should become an honor for others. Let’s accept and address the modernization of Argentina” underlines Caputo.

Further developing on the idea, Caputo proposed, “let’s open the doors and they will want to come if, …if the country becomes attractive for the Argentines”.

And then in 2033, “I would propose to the British prime minister of that time a review of the situation to see where we stand. And if Argentina effectively did change, it climbed to a sustainable path of development, then conditions could change”.

Caputo also mentioned that the British people’s decision to leave the European Union, Brexit, “will have no effect on the Argentine Falkland/Malvinas sovereignty claim”.

”Whoever believes that (Brexit) will have any effect on the issue, I believe they don’t have the least idea of what Brexit means, or what is happening in the world, or the Brexit consequences for the international system”.

 

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