Latest Falklands War Anniversary News

  • Argentine leader claims Falklands a NATO nuclear base
    Argentine leader claims Falklands a NATO nuclear base Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner claimed Wednesday that the Falkland Islands serve as a nuclear base for the NATO alliance in the South Atlantic. More »

  • Crimea vote as worthless as Falklands poll - Argentina president
    Crimea vote as worthless as Falklands poll - Argentina president Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who has been campaigning for the Falkland Islands to become part of Argentina, said last week's referendum in Crimea was as worthless as a vote held last year over the British territory in the South Atlantic. Fernandez has been increasingly vocal about Argentina's claim to the archipelago, a British Overseas Territory over which Britain and Argentina fought a war in 1982. "This referendum (in Crimea) is worthless," Fernandez said, speaking through an interpreter at a news conference with French President Francois Hollande. "We can't simply defend the integrity of Crimea and not the Malvinas," Fernandez said. More »

  • Crimea Referendum: Kirchner Slams Britain's Double Standards after Falklands …
    Crimea Referendum: Kirchner Slams Britain's Double Standards after Falklands … Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    The Argentinian president has accused Britain of double standards over Crimea because London's condemnation of a referendum contradicted its support for a similar poll in the Falklands. After a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said that Britain's different stance on the two votes defied logic. "If those in Crimea hold a referendum it's bad, but if the Kelpers [Falkland Islanders] do so that's fine," Kirchner said. More »

  • Crimea means more to Russia than Falklands do to Britain - Lavrov Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after holding last-ditch talks on the region with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry. The two men were meeting in London ahead of a referendum in Crimea to decide whether the Ukrainian region will become part of Russia, a vote that has sparked tension between Moscow and the West. Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in 1982, prompting Margaret Thatcher, then British prime minister, to dispatch a naval task force which retook them in a short but bloody war. ... More »

  • Crimea 'Means More to Russia than Falklands Mean to Britain' - Sergei …
    Crimea 'Means More to Russia than Falklands Mean to Britain' - Sergei … Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia would respect the will of Crimeans ahead of a contentious referendum but admitted Moscow had no "common vision" with the US, despite "useful" talks with John Kerry in London. "Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain," Lavrov said. He reassured the West that Russia had no plans to intervene in southeastern Ukraine but warned that the rights of Russians in Crimea "should be protected and secured". More »

  • UK minister's visit to contested Falklands angers Argentina
    UK minister's visit to contested Falklands angers Argentina Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The British government minister responsible for the Falkland Islands began his first visit to the contested territory on Monday and an angry Argentina accused him of high-handed colonialism. Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in 1982, prompting Margaret Thatcher, then British prime minister, to dispatch a naval task force to retake them in a short but bloody war. Argentina has stepped up its calls for Britain to discuss the islands' sovereignty in recent years, saying the territory, known as the Malvinas in Spanish, rightfully belongs to it. Hugo Swire, minister of state at the British Foreign Office, began a four-day visit on Monday, reasserting London's right to administer the islands. More »

  • Ardiles praises rescuers after Falklands crash
    Ardiles praises rescuers after Falklands crash Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    Tottenham and Argentina great Ossie Ardiles has revealed details of his narrow escape from a horrific road accident in the Falkland Islands and thanked the British air force for their rescue efforts. More »

  • Ossie Ardiles in Hospital After Car Crash in Falklands Islands
    Ossie Ardiles in Hospital After Car Crash in Falklands Islands Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    Football legend Ossie Ardiles is in hospital following a car crash on the Falkland Islands. The Tottenham Hotspur legend was flown to hospital by RAF helicopter for treatment, reported Merco Press news agency. Former Spurs team-mate Ricky Villa - with whom Ardiles is indelibly linked from the pair's time spent playing at White Hart Lane, was also in the car when it crashed. He is receiving treatment at the King Edward hospital in Stanley, on the island. More »

  • Pope Francis Meets Argentinian Falklands War Vet at Vatican
    Pope Francis Meets Argentinian Falklands War Vet at Vatican Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    Pope Francis spoke of peace as he met an Argentinian veteran of the Falklands War at the Vatican. Francis received his countryman Oscar Doria Fernandez, 51, after the general audience in St Peter's Square. The pontiff blessed two crucifixes and rosaries which Doria said he wants to take to the British and Argentine war cemeteries in the Falklands. "The Pope called for peace among all peoples of the world, and kindly blessed the crucifixes and rosaries", Doria told Merco Press news agency. More »

  • Argentina threatens Falklands oil drillers with jail
    Argentina threatens Falklands oil drillers with jail Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Argentina's new secretary handling the Falklands dispute threatened oil companies drilling around the British-held islands with court action, in an interview published Monday. More »

  • Cameron vows to defend Falklands after 'momentous' year
    Cameron vows to defend Falklands after 'momentous' year Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Friday to defend the Falkland Islands after a "momentous" year in which residents voted to remain a British overseas territory. More »

  • Argentina calls in British envoy over Falklands energy dispute Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    Argentina summoned Britain's ambassador in Buenos Aires for a meeting about a row over oil and gas drilling in the waters around the disputed Falkland Islands, a British spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Decades-old tensions between the two countries over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic archipelago have escalated in recent weeks after Argentina introduced a law seeking to block London-listed firms from drilling for oil and gas there. "Following the UK protest about Argentina's attempt to criminalise hydrocarbons activity around the Falkland Islands, our ambassador to Argentina met Deputy Foreign Minister (Eduardo) Zuain yesterday," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said. Argentina defended the validity of its legislation, saying Britain was relying on "purported rights" over the Malvinas - the name Argentines use for the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory. More »

  • UK says Argentina using Falklands row to distract from economic woes Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    Britain accused the Argentine government on Tuesday of talking up a dispute over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands to try to divert voters' attention away from the South American country's severe economic problems. Tensions in the decades-old feud are running high ahead of 2015 elections due in both countries and have been stirred by a row about over whether Argentina has the right to stop oil and gas firms drilling near the islands. Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that the spat was being used by Argentina's government to distract voters from domestic financial problems. "I certainly believe that part of the Kirchner government's rhetoric is to try and create a distraction to the ... huge economic problems they have in Argentina," Simmonds said, referring to the administration of President Cristina Fernandez. More »

  • UK accuses Argentina of commercial bullying over Falklands drilling
    UK accuses Argentina of commercial bullying over Falklands drilling Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    Britain on Monday accused Argentina of "bullying tactics" over what it said were baseless attempts by Buenos Aires to outlaw oil and gas drilling in the waters around the Falkland Islands, a disputed British Overseas Territory. Last month, Argentina introduced a law that would impose criminal sanctions for what it called "illegal exploration" of hydrocarbons in the Argentine continental shelf, including 15-year jail sentences and large fines. The Falkland Islands lie within the continental shelf. "This is a baseless gesture intended to deter legitimate commercial activity," the British Foreign Office said in a statement, adding that Britain had formally protested to Buenos Aires. More »

  • Falklands Oil Threat Protest Lodged By UK
    Falklands Oil Threat Protest Lodged By UK Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    Britain has accused Argentina of "bullying tactics" over its threat to punish oil firms operating off the Falkland Islands with heavy fines, the seizure of assets and jail sentences of up to 15 years. The Foreign Office (FCO) insisted the Falklands were not subject to a new law passed last month by the Argentine Congress, and branded it "a baseless gesture intended to deter legitimate commercial activity". The FCO director for the Americas, Kate Smith, has now lodged a formal protest with the Argentine charge d'affaires, Oscar Horacio Galli. The Falkland Islands Government has already firmly rejected that the legislation applies to its territory and waters. More »

  • Falklands Oil Row: Argentina's Threat To Firms
    Falklands Oil Row: Argentina's Threat To Firms Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    Argentina has threatened oil firms seeking to operate off the Falkland Islands with 15-year jail terms, huge fines and confiscation of assets. But the Foreign Office insisted the activities were "wholly legitimate and legal" and entirely under the control of the Government of the island - a British overseas territory. A spokesman said: "The UK Government unequivocally supports the right of the Falkland Islanders to develop their natural resources for their own economic benefit. "Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands or South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are UK overseas territories." More »

  • Britain, Argentina in fresh row over drilling in Falklands - media
    Britain, Argentina in fresh row over drilling in Falklands - media Thu, Nov 28, 2013

    (Reuters) - Argentina triggered a fresh diplomatic row with Britain on Thursday over the disputed Falkland Islands after the country's Congress passed a law that establishes criminal sanctions for the "illegal exploration" of hydrocarbons in the Argentine continental shelf, according to the Guardian newspaper. the banning of individuals and companies from operating in Argentina; and the confiscation of equipment and any hydrocarbons that would have been illegally extracted". In its response, the British Foreign Office said, "The UK government unequivocally supports the right of the Falkland Islanders to develop their natural resources for their own economic benefit." "Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands or South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are UK overseas territories," the Foreign Office said. More »

  • Spain denies Argentina claims of Falklands accord
    Spain denies Argentina claims of Falklands accord Sat, Sep 28, 2013

    Spain denied Argentina's claims the two countries had clinched an agreement to get Britain to negotiate the future of the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar. More »

  • Argentina, Spain join up to pressure Britain on Falklands, Gibraltar
    Argentina, Spain join up to pressure Britain on Falklands, Gibraltar Thu, Sep 26, 2013

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina and Spain agreed on Thursday to team up to pressure Britain to discuss their separate claims on British territories: the Falklands in the south Atlantic and Gibraltar near the southern tip of Spain. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, reached the agreement in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the Argentine Foreign Ministry said. "They discussed the common ground regarding sovereignty disputes over the Falklands and Gibraltar," it said in a statement. ... More »

  • Gibraltar And Falklands Pose New Battle For UK
    Gibraltar And Falklands Pose New Battle For UK Sun, Aug 11, 2013

    Britain is facing the prospect of being taken on by a joint Spanish and Argentine campaign over the disputed territories of Gibraltar and the Falklands. More »

  • Argentina pushes claim on Falklands at UN
    Argentina pushes claim on Falklands at UN Tue, Aug 6, 2013

    Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner renewed her country's demand for talks on the sovereignty of the British-ruled Falkland Islands at the UN Security Council on Tuesday. More »

  • Falklands: Argentina Lodges New Claim At UN
    Falklands: Argentina Lodges New Claim At UN Tue, Aug 6, 2013

    Argentina has renewed its demand for sovereignty over the British-ruled Falkland Islands at the United Nations Security Council. More »

  • Falklands Commander John Woodward Dies At 81
    Falklands Commander John Woodward Dies At 81 Mon, Aug 5, 2013

    Admiral Sir John "Sandy" Woodward - Commander of the Royal Navy Task Force that retook the Falklands in 1982 - has died aged 81. More »

  • Falklands War naval chief dies aged 81
    Falklands War naval chief dies aged 81 Mon, Aug 5, 2013

    Sandy Woodward, who commanded the British navy task force that retook the Falkland Islands in the 1982 war with Argentina, has died aged 81, the defence ministry confirmed on Monday. More »

  • Keep religion out of Falklands dispute: envoys
    Keep religion out of Falklands dispute: envoys Thu, Jun 20, 2013

    Does religion and politics mix? Not in the case of the Falkland Islands dispute between Britain and Argentina, top officials from the British side said Thursday. More »

  • Tory MEPs demand action after Spanish politician breaks ranks on Falklands  …
    Tory MEPs demand action after Spanish politician breaks ranks on Falklands  … Fri, May 10, 2013

    Tory MEPs are demanding authorities rein in a Spanish politician after he told Argentinean officials the European parliament did not recognise British sovereignty over the Falklands. More »

  • On This Day: HMS Sheffield destroyed by Argentina during Falklands War
    On This Day: HMS Sheffield destroyed by Argentina during Falklands War Fri, May 3, 2013

    HMS Sheffield was destroyed by Argentina 31 years ago today – killing 20 British sailors and becoming the first Royal Navy ship to be sunk since World War II. More »

  • Thatcher: Falklands Units To Carry Coffin
    Thatcher: Falklands Units To Carry Coffin Wed, Apr 10, 2013

    Troops from units particularly associated with the Falklands War will carry Baroness Thatcher's coffin into St Paul's Cathedral next week. More »

  • How the Falklands proved the peak of Thatcher's premiership Mon, Apr 8, 2013

    The defeat of Argentina's Falkland Islands invaders marked both the summit and the greatest trauma of Margaret Thatcher's tempestuous premiership. More »

  • Falklands: British 'Terrorists' Killed In Game
  • Falklands: Thatcher Papers Reveal Tory Splits
    Falklands: Thatcher Papers Reveal Tory Splits Fri, Mar 22, 2013

    Wide divisions within the Conservative Party over how the Government should respond to Argentina's invasion of the Falklands are revealed in Margaret Thatcher's private papers, which have been made public. More »

  • Falklands: Pope Asked To Intervene In Row
    Falklands: Pope Asked To Intervene In Row Mon, Mar 18, 2013

    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner says she has asked her fellow countryman to promote dialogue between their country and Britain. More »

  • The Falklands referendum is an irrelevant PR exercise Tue, Mar 12, 2013

    Argentina's comments about the Falklands Islands are rarely right. The country's entire claim to the island is that of a pirate. It can be distilled to the most basic and barbaric concept in international relations: owning something because it is … Continue reading → More »

  • Falklands: Sky Poll Reveals Nations Divided
    Falklands: Sky Poll Reveals Nations Divided Sat, Mar 9, 2013

    Only 15% of Argentinians think Falkland Islanders should have a say in their own future, and a quarter still believe that the islands will one day be governed from Buenos Aires. More »

  • Falklands referendum: The view from the island
    Falklands referendum: The view from the island Thu, Mar 7, 2013

    "We Falkland Islanders know who we are and the kind of future we want - and it is definitely not as an Argentine colony." More »