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UK will fight for Falklands

2013-01-06 22:24

London - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday Britain was prepared to fight militarily to keep the Falkland Islands if necessary, in the face of renewed Argentinian rhetoric over their future.

Cameron said Britain had "strong defences" in place on the islands and fast jets and troops were stationed there.

President Cristina Kirchner said this week that Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Falklands by Britain in "a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism" and demanded they be handed over to Argentina.

Cameron insisted he was "absolutely clear" that Britain would defend the islands with military force.

In an interview on BBC TV, he said: "I get regular reports on this entire issue because I want to know that our defences are strong, our resolve is extremely strong."

Asked whether Britain would fight to keep the islands, he replied: "Of course we would, and we have strong defences in place on the Falkland Islands, that is absolutely key, that we have fast jets stationed there, we have troops stationed on the Falklands."

Cameron said this week that the 3 000 residents of the Falklands had a strong desire to remain British and would have a chance to express their views in a referendum on their political status to be held in March.

The islanders are expected to vote strongly in favour of continued union with Britain.

Census data released in September showed that 95% of residents considered themselves to be either Falkland islanders, British, or from Saint Helena, another British overseas territory in the South Atlantic.

Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, prompting Britain's then prime minister Margaret Thatcher to send a naval taskforce to successfully reclaim the islands in a war that claimed the lives of 255 British and 649 Argentinian soldiers.

Comments
  • michael.bushes.1 - 2013-01-06 22:43

    "Cameron said this week that the 3 000 residents of the Falklands had a strong desire to remain British " Thats true, but who are the rightful owners? Many Xhosa people, British subjects and Boers lay claim to the land of my Khoisan forefathers, but whos land is it really? Do we as coloured people lay claim to the Netherlands, Transkei or Great Britain? Hell no. I want my land back, and i want to be governed by my own people not this illegitamate Zille, Zuma nor Malema or Mulder and the rest.

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-01-06 23:11

      Unfortunately you can't own a mere hectare of land if you cannot wield a machine gun Michael - ask the plucky Argentinians. They learnt the hard way at the hands of the Iron Lady some thirty years ago(how time flies) and now want a rematch.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-06 23:16

      Michael, the Falklands are more British than Britain itself. Been there, seen it for myself. No way Argentina can claim them. They had their butts kicked last time, and it still hurts, it's a national shame for them (told to me by an Argentinian). Let's hope it's only talk from Argentina's side...

      Michael - 2013-01-06 23:16

      You are quite right Michael. Let a referendum decide, and depending on the outcome - let the people choose. Democracy in action, would you say?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-06 23:19

      PS: Look at all the vehicles you can see in the picture - all Landies and Range Rovers! They even have a red double decker bus on the island. The small white vehicle in front of the big brown building is a London taxi.

      osiris.fox - 2013-01-07 03:43

      Sorry buddy. Sadly, your ship has already sailed into the sunset.

      jaco.holtzhausen - 2013-01-07 06:06

      We will hand you back the land as soon as you hand back the wheel,books,education etc etc.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 06:42

      Michael and Michael, your so called people can't even formulate a coherent political movement or programme. You are the majority in the Western Cape and yet you have to hang on the coat tales of both the ANC and DA. The are leaders and there are followers!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-07 09:34

      Umlilo, please enlighten us who the "local indigenous inhabitants" were? I'm sure all historians and anthropologists worldwide will be very interested in your amazing discovery...

      BacchusZA - 2013-01-07 09:57

      Could somebody please tell me who the original inhabitants of the Falkland Islands are they keep claiming were forcibly removed by the British? The seals? The penguins? The British, Dutch, Spanish, Argentinians and Portuguese may all argue about who got there first, and who bought what landing rights from who, and who built what permanent structure and legal settlement first. But there's no argument at all about the fact that the island were uninhabited and that there were no indigenous inhabitants. It's perhaps the most bloodless and non-exploitative example of colonialism in history. So please, educate yourselves before mouthing off ignorant assumptions. And the "plucky" Argentinians? Sure, the troops who were sent there in '82 were "plucky", fought hard & did their best to carry out the mission they were given. Their leadership though, especially on the political side who made the decision to go to war? You'll find it had a lot more to do with a military dictator desperate to distract a restless population from a failed economy and human rights abuses before there was a revolution, than any actual legitimate claim to the islands. And you may also want to consider that the Argentinian claim is based on the fact that the Spanish held dominion over the Falklands when Argentina attempted to declare independence, at the same time as they held dominion over Argentina, not because of an actual Argentinian claim on the islands. Seriously, just do a little reading next time.

      manfred.meyer - 2013-01-07 11:10

      The strong conquers the weak. This is the way things have always been & the way things will continue to be. Just ask nature. The strongest have the strongest claim. It my not always be fair, but it is what it is. Rather than bitch & moan about this fact, learn from it. I believe the Argentinians have a rightful claim, but so do the British. They have developed the island. Sometimes the only resolution is conflict, so if you are serious, muscle up & do something.

      manfred.meyer - 2013-01-07 11:14

      lol @ fidelity. As a coloured, I have to agree with you. We are not good at unifying. Good at fighting yes.. but unity?? Nah

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 06:17

    Argentina should be patient, just like Hong Kong, the Falklands island will be handed back. The poms'international stature and power is waning!

      willie.olivier.144 - 2013-01-07 06:56

      You don't know what you talking about, fool! Hong Kong was not handed back by force or by war.It was a hundred year lease between the UK and China that expired. If you do not know world history then just shut up!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 07:10

      I know very well what I am talking about. The British might have dressed it in anyway the liked, it was still colonialism and the Chinese had no power to resist, unlike today. So like China, Argentina must be patient as they might not even need to go to war to claim back this island. Is that simple enough for your addled brains to comprehend?

      mofstok - 2013-01-07 08:49

      So when are we giving back the Marion Islands fidelity? You are immensely stupid.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 09:09

      Who is we, is it you and your mouse in your pocket? Which "indigenous" people have laid claim to those islands. Answer that and you may come off a lot smarter. Stop with the idiocy!

      chris.shield - 2013-01-07 11:14

      The "indigenious people" of any place are the people who currently live there Fidelity. Seems you've been spending way too much time listening to racists spout their drivel on the SABC..

      manfred.meyer - 2013-01-07 11:22

      lol i think these 2 nations (Argentina, China) are just a little bit different don't you think? I mean, if this was an island close to China & the Chinese really wanted back, I think the British would tuck tail & run. Nobody messes with them these days. Once again, the power thing.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 11:22

      Who are the people living in the Marion Island that want autonomy. Your argument is almost ingenious in its twisted stupidity. My post to Mofstok was both clear and concise, if you can't grasp the logic in my point there is little more I could say to illuminate you on the matter.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 11:59

      @Manfred Hence my assertion that the Argentinians should bid their time. The empire has been crumbling for a long time now. The time to drag it further up the beach and allow it to choke on its own vomit will come.

      geronimo.feather - 2013-01-07 21:56

      fidelity.mcoshi - using your own argument: Who are the people living in the Falkland Islands that want autonomy? And there is your answer: the same as Marion Island. None!

      ryan.lockwood.5477272 - 2013-02-11 16:12

      Fidelity, your comparison between the Falklands and Hong Kong does not hold water. As a fellow poster points out, Hong Kong was retained on a hundred-year lease and returned (as a globally important trading hub) on time and according to the wishes of the majority population. The PLO could have marched over that border any time from the mid fifties onwards and flattened the British garrison, yet they, like them or loathe them, unlike the Argentines seem to respect international law.

      ryan.lockwood.5477272 - 2013-02-11 16:15

      Whoops! PLA, not PLO.

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