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Falklands / Argentina / Britain

Post by Kitkat on Sat 11 Feb 2012, 09:31

This looks like serious stuff to me.
In fact, could well be the start of something (or, to be more precise ... the continuation of something).

Argentina's foreign minister has accused the UK of sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic, near the disputed Falkland Islands.

Hector Timerman made the claim at the United Nations on Friday, as Argentina made an official complaint about the UK's "militarisation" of the area.

The two countries went to war in 1982 over the British overseas territory.
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Argentina has accused the United Kingdom of deploying nuclear weapons.

In a complaint to the UN, the Argentine Foreign Minister suggested Britain was militarising the waters and airspace around the Falkland Islands.

Argentina insists that the British military activity in the South Atlantic is uncalled for.

Mark Lyall Grant, the British Ambassador to the UN, responded to the accusations saying "the only thing that appears to have changed is the politics in Argentina".
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Re: Falklands / Argentina / Britain

Post by Kitkat on Tue 14 Feb 2012, 09:41

This is not going to go quietly.

Argentina's transport workers' union says it will boycott ships flying the British flag because of the dispute over the Falkland Islands.

The union - which includes dock workers - said the measure would apply to all UK vessels reaching Argentina.

It is not clear how much impact the boycott will have.

Tension between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands has been rising in recent months as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war approaches.

"We have resolved to boycott any ship with the British flag, or with the lying and invented flag of the Falklands, or with any flag of convenience which the British pirates use," the Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers said in a statement.

The announcement is the latest in a series of measures aimed at pressing Argentina's claim to sovereignty over the islands, which it calls the Malvinas.

In December, the South American trading bloc Mercosur closed its ports to ships flying the Falkland Islands flag.

And last week Argentina took its case to the UN general assembly, where it accused the UK of "militarising" the region and sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic.

The UK government has dismissed the claim of militarisation as "absurd" and says its defence posture in the Falklands has not changed.

It says there can be no negotiations on sovereignty as long as the Falkland Islanders wish to remain British.


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The Falklands War: Key dates

Post by Kitkat on Sat 31 Mar 2012, 12:24

Thirty years ago Argentina invaded the Falkland
Islands, which had been held by Britain for 150 years, leading to a
short but bloody war.

In the two months of fighting that followed, 255 British and
about 650 Argentine servicemen were killed, along with three Falklands
civilians, before Argentine forces surrendered.

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

Here are the key dates in the conflict. (See video for each date in the link)

  • 2 April 1982

    Argentina invades

    Argentine forces invade the Falkland Islands, entering the capital
    Port Stanley early in the morning. The 80-man garrison of Royal Marines
    is outnumbered and Governor Sir Rex Hunt orders it to surrender at 09:15
    local time. Other British South Atlantic territories including South
    Georgia are seized shortly afterwards.

  • 3-4 April 1982

    UN condemns Argentina

    The UN Security Council condemns the invasion and demands the
    immediate withdrawal of Argentine forces. Soon afterwards, the British
    nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sets sail from Faslane naval base in

  • 5 April 1982

    Task force sets sail

    Aircraft carriers HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible sail from
    Portsmouth as part of a task force of more than 100 ships. It will take
    nearly three weeks to travel the 8,000 miles to the South Atlantic.
    Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington resigns over the invasion and is
    replaced by Francis Pym.

  • 19 April 1982

    Haig plan dismissed

    US Secretary of State Alexander Haig attempts to mediate with the
    Argentine military junta, travelling between London and Buenos Aires to
    negotiate. His proposals include calls for Argentina to withdraw and for
    an interim administration on the islands. However, the junta rejects
    the proposals and signals its insistence on adding guarantees for
    eventual Argentine sovereignty. The talks are effectively over.

  • 21 April 1982

    Weather hampers SAS

    The British destroyer HMS Antrim arrives off South Georgia, but a
    reconnaissance operation by the SAS on Fortuna Glacier almost ends in
    disaster after two helicopters crash in severe weather conditions. A
    third helicopter manages to extract the SAS men.

  • 25 April 1982

    South Georgia recaptured

    South Georgia is retaken by Royal Marines, who quickly overcome the
    small Argentine garrison following a bombardment by Royal Navy ships.
    Argentine submarine Santa Fe is badly damaged after being attacked by
    British helicopters off the capital Grytviken. Prime Minister Margaret
    Thatcher tells reporters to "rejoice" at the news of the recapture.

  • 1 May 1982

    Stanley airfield bombed

    Following initial landings by SAS and SBS special forces on the
    islands, British Vulcan bombers launch the first air raid on Stanley
    airfield. The mission is a logistical nightmare, involving several
    tanker aircraft refuelling bombers during the 8,000-mile round trip from
    Ascension Island.

  • 2 May 1982

    General Belgrano sunk

    The veteran Argentine cruiser General Belgrano is torpedoed and
    sunk by British submarine HMS Conqueror. It causes the biggest single
    loss of life in the Falklands war as more than 320 Argentines are
    killed. The sinking becomes a cause celebre for British anti-war
    campaigners, who claim the ship was sailing away from the conflict. But
    British officials say the task force has the right to defend itself
    against any potentially hostile vessel.

  • 4 May 1982

    HMS Sheffield lost

    British destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Exocet missile that
    kills 20 crew and starts a fire in the control room, which in turn leads
    to the ship being abandoned. A British Sea Harrier jump jet aircraft is
    lost over Goose Green, the first to be shot down during the conflict.

  • 14-15 May 1982

    Pebble Island raid

    SAS soldiers attack Argentine forces on Pebble Island, a remote
    spot on the north coast of West Falkland, leaving six Argentine
    ground-attack Pucara aircraft - viewed as a major threat to a British
    landing - burning on the airstrip.

  • 19 May 1982

    SAS troops killed

    A Sea King helicopter transferring SAS soldiers between ships ditches into the sea, killing 22 men.

  • 21 May 1982

    British land at San Carlos

    British landings begin at San Carlos on East Falkland, with 3,000
    troops and 1,000 tons of supplies brought ashore in order to establish a
    beachhead. But the British frigate HMS Ardent is sunk by Argentine
    aircraft, leaving 22 dead. HMS Argonaut and HMS Antrim are hit by
    Argentine bombs that fail to explode; two die. Fifteen Argentine
    aircraft are shot down.

  • 23 May 1982

    HMS Antelope hit

    British frigate HMS Antelope is hit by an Argentine bomb which
    fails to explode. One crewman dies. Ten Argentine aircraft are shot

  • 24 May 1982

    Antelope abandoned

    A bomb disposal officer is killed after the bomb he is attempting
    to defuse explodes aboard HMS Antelope. The badly damaged frigate is
    abandoned and later sinks. Landing craft RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir
    Lancelot are hit by Argentine bombs which also fail to detonate. Seven
    Argentine aircraft are shot down.

  • 25 May 1982

    Two more ships lost

    British destroyer HMS Coventry sinks after being attacked by
    Argentine aircraft, with the loss of 19 crew. The British Merchant Navy
    container ship Atlantic Conveyor is set ablaze after being hit by Exocet
    missiles. It is abandoned with the loss of 12 crew and three vital
    Chinook transport helicopters.

  • 26 May 1982

    British head for Goose Green

    The 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (2 Para) is ordered to
    set out for the neighbouring settlements of Goose Green and Darwin,
    which are held by Argentine forces.

  • 27 May 1982

    Fury over BBC report

    British forces are furious when the BBC World Service broadcasts
    that the men of 2 Para are advancing on Goose Green and Darwin, but the
    Argentine commander is convinced the report is deliberate

  • 28-29 May 1982

    Battle of Goose Green

    2 Para attack Goose Green and Darwin. After fierce fighting, the
    Argentines surrender. Seventeen British servicemen die during the
    battle, including commanding officer Lt Col "H" Jones. Although initial
    reports speak of 250 Argentine dead, the figure is now thought to have
    been much lower - possibly below 50. British troops, who are vastly
    outnumbered, take more than 1,000 prisoners of war.

  • 31 May 1982

    Advance toward Stanley

    British forces advance towards the capital Port Stanley from San
    Carlos, taking the Argentine positions on Mount Kent and Mount

  • 8 June 1982

    Bluff Cove disaster

    Landing craft RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram, with units of
    the Welsh Guards on board, are bombed by Argentine aircraft at Bluff
    Cove while attempting to reinforce British positions at Fitzroy. More
    than 50 men die.

  • 11-12 June 1982

    Peaks captured

    British troops take the key objectives of Mount Longdon, Two
    Sisters and Mount Harriet from the Argentines after bloody hand-to-hand
    fighting. British destroyer HMS Glamorgan is badly damaged by a
    shore-launched Exocet missile. Three Falklands civilians, all women, are
    killed during a British naval bombardment of Stanley.

  • 13-14 June 1982

    Argentine positions overrun

    British forces take Argentine positions on mountains overlooking
    Port Stanley on Mount Tumbledown, Wireless Ridge and Mount William amid
    further fierce fighting.

  • 14 June 1982

    British forces enter Stanley

    White flags are seen flying over Port Stanley, and by noon British
    forces have advanced to the outskirts of the Falklands capital. General
    Mario Menendez surrenders to Major General Jeremy Moore, and 9,800
    Argentine troops put down their arms. British troops march into Stanley.

  • 16-17 June 1982

    President Galtieri resigns

    UK Defence Minister Peter Blaker announces that the official count
    of British war dead is 255, with approximately 300 wounded. The
    following day, Argentine President Leopoldo Galtieri resigns as leader
    of the country's military junta.

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