Latest Falklands War Anniversary News

  • Haunted Falklands vet finds Argentine marine's family
    Haunted Falklands vet finds Argentine marine's family Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    A British veteran searching for the identity of an Argentine marine he killed in the Falklands War will get a chance for closure after a newspaper found the man's family. More »

  • Public transport to say: 'Falklands are Argentine' Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Congress has ruled that all public transportation must display a sign saying: "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" ("The Falklands are Argentine"). More »

  • Argentina accuses Britain over Falklands Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is complaining about a British military training exercise near the Falkland Islands. More »

  • Argentina accuses Britain of 'new provocation' over Falklands
    Argentina accuses Britain of 'new provocation' over Falklands Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Argentina on Thursday accused Britain of carrying out military exercises near the Falkland Islands, saying it amounted to a "new provocation" in the long-running dispute over the rocky South Atlantic archipelago. More »

  • UK Falklands veteran tries to trace family of soldier he killed
    UK Falklands veteran tries to trace family of soldier he killed Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    British soldier Gordon Hoggan still has horrifying nightmares about killing an Argentinian marine with his bayonet during the Falklands War. More »

  • Clarkson: Falklands Row Mob Attack 'Terrifying'
    Clarkson: Falklands Row Mob Attack 'Terrifying' Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Jeremy Clarkson has told how he and his Top Gear crew were attacked by an angry crowd armed with rocks and pickaxe handles - saying it was "the most terrifying thing I've ever been involved in". More »

  • 'Top Gear' crew flee Argentina after 'Falklands' stoning
    'Top Gear' crew flee Argentina after 'Falklands' stoning Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    The cast and crew of British motoring show "Top Gear" have fled Argentina after furious residents hurled stones at a BBC car bearing a license plate which appeared to reference the 1982 Falklands War. More »

  • Top Gear: First Photos of Smashed Car as Jeremy Clarkson Flees Argentina Over …
    Top Gear: First Photos of Smashed Car as Jeremy Clarkson Flees Argentina Over … Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    This is the car registration plate which has forced the Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow stars to flee Argentina. More »

  • Putin Tells Britain To Resolve Falklands Row
    Putin Tells Britain To Resolve Falklands Row Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Vladimir Putin has waded into the Falkland Islands row, telling Britain it must sit down with Argentina for fresh talks to resolve the dispute. The Russian president, who has faced international criticism over the annexation of Crimea and continuing tensions on the Ukraine border, said his country supported "the necessity" to find a solution to the 200-year-old feud. Speaking at a dinner with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on a one-day visit to the country, Mr Putin added: "I'd like to draw attention to the words of the president regarding double discourse in international affairs." Ms Fernandez has previously accused Britain of double standards for criticising a pro-Russian secession vote in Crimea, while using last year's Falklands referendum, in which islanders voted in favour of remaining British, to justify its rule of the archipelago. More »

  • UN Calls On Britain To Hold Falklands Talks
    UN Calls On Britain To Hold Falklands Talks Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    A UN committee has approved a resolution calling on the UK and Argentina to negotiate over the Falkland Islands. Britain has previously rebuffed the South American nation's calls to negotiate the archipelago's ownership, saying it is up to the islands to decide. Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman, speaking at the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation, claimed the UK's refusal to "fulfil its obligations to negotiate" over the islands' sovereignty went against the founding principle of the UN. He added that Britain's absence at the meeting, for the fourth year running, indicated a lack of interest in solving the feud. More »

  • New UN resolution calls for Falklands dialogue Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee approved a new resolution Thursday calling on Britain and Argentina to negotiate a solution to their dispute over the Falkland Islands, essentially favoring Argentina's stance in the nearly 200-year-old feud. More »

  • FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest
    FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Football world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina's football association due to a players' protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game. At last week's home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain. "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas," or "The Malvinas Are Argentine", read the large poster displayed on the pitch before Argentina's 2-0 win. More »

  • Soccer-FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) - Football world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina's football association due to a players' protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game. At last week's home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain. ... More »

  • Argentina facing sanctions over Falklands banner
    Argentina facing sanctions over Falklands banner Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Argentina's football association is facing disciplinary measures from FIFA after some national team players at a recent friendly unfurled a banner related to the dispute over the Falkland Islands. More »

  • England players told: Don't mention Falklands war
    England players told: Don't mention Falklands war Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    England's players have been ordered to avoid answering questions on the Falklands at the World Cup finals following Argentina's provocative actions, a British newspaper has claimed. More »

  • Argentina uses match to raise Falklands issue
    Argentina uses match to raise Falklands issue Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands, which has soured relations for decades, is threatening to ignite again during the World Cup. More »

  • Argentina make Falklands protest before World Cup
    Argentina make Falklands protest before World Cup Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Argentina inflamed their rivalry with England on the eve of the World Cup, unfurling a banner claiming sovereignty of the Falkland Islands before defeating Slovenia 2-0. More »

  • Margaret Thatcher Almost Pulled England Out of 1982 World Cup Over Falklands …
    Margaret Thatcher Almost Pulled England Out of 1982 World Cup Over Falklands … Thu, May 1, 2014

    Margaret Thatcher considered pulling all home nations football teams out of the 1982 World Cup in Spain to avoid a clash with Argentina as tensions in the Falklands escalated. Documents released at the National Archives revealed Westminster feared diplomatic animosity between Britain and Argentina would boil onto the football pitch if either England, Scotland or Northern Ireland came up against the South American side at the tournament. It fell upon Environment Secretary Michael Heseltine, who also oversaw sport, to consider what the government's repsonse to a home nations side facing Argentina should be.  England and Northern Ireland were ultimately knocked out of the competition in the second round, while Scotland failed to make it out of their first round group. More »

  • Britain contemplated 1982 World Cup boycott over Falklands
    Britain contemplated 1982 World Cup boycott over Falklands Wed, Apr 30, 2014

    The British government considered withdrawing the country's football teams from the 1982 World Cup due to fears relating to the Falkland Islands conflict, newly released official documents revealed on Thursday. More »

  • Falklands 'Show Of Force' Angers Argentina
    Falklands 'Show Of Force' Angers Argentina Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Britain has been accused of planning a "show of force" in the Falkland Islands as it prepares for military exercises next week. The diplomatic clash has seen the British ambassador in Buenos Aires summoned by Argentina's Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuain in protest. A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: "This action falls within a pattern already denounced by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on April 2, consisting of provocations and hostile acts towards Argentina from an extra-continental nuclear power. "Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuain has summoned the British ambassador in Buenos Aires to hand him a letter of protest in view of this new show of military force in the South Atlantic, a zone of peace. More »

  • Britain defends Falklands exercises after Argentine protest
    Britain defends Falklands exercises after Argentine protest Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The Foreign Office on Saturday brushed off condemnation by Argentina of British military exercises in the Falkland Islands, saying they were "routine". More »

  • Argentina Calls UK's Falklands Military Exercise an 'Act of Colonial …
    Argentina Calls UK's Falklands Military Exercise an 'Act of Colonial … Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Argentina is heaping scorn on the UK over the scheduled military exercise in the disputed Falkland Islands calling the drill a new "act of colonial aggression" by Britain. The country's deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuaín has summoned the British ambassador in Buenos Aires, John Freeman, over the exercise, which is to take place between 14 and 27 April. Argentine foreign minister Héctor Timermanon said: "This action is part of a pattern of behaviour reported by the Lady President's Office on the second of April, pursuant to which the provocations and hostile acts towards Argentina by an extra-nuclear power are repeated." More »

  • 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 »