10/02/2018 Politics

Malvinas government comment on a reported visit to the Argentine Cemetery

The Malvinas Islands elected government has reacted to a raft of reports from Argentina announcing a trip to the Islands, sometime in the second half of March by the relatives of the 88 soldiers, buried at Darwin cemetery, which have been recently identified by a team of forensic experts working under the International Red Cross Committee.

 
Malvinas Islands (photo take between June 19 and 20, 2017) .- Photo taken by the press team of the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that was developed in June 2017 in the Malvinas Islands for Identification of the identity of the bodies of the 123 NN tombs, within the framework of the agreements between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Courtesy Didier Revol / International Committee of the Red Cross / ARCHIVE LANA
 
 
 

Allegedly a charter with two relatives per identified soldier, and some Argentine officials, will be flying to the Malvinas to hold a special religious ceremony at the Darwin cemetery plus each family will identify the grave with a black granite plaque with the name of their loved one, killed during the 1982 conflict, and whose remains were buried as unknown.

 
 
Malvinas Islands (photo take between June 19 and 20, 2017) .- Photo taken by the press team of the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that was developed in June 2017 in the Malvinas Islands for Identification of the identity of the bodies of the 123 NN tombs, within the framework of the agreements between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Courtesy Didier Revol / International Committee of the Red Cross / ARCHIVE LANA
 
 
 
 

However all this has been happening without a word to the Malvinas , and in the release the Islands government point out some of the logisitics limitations for such a trip at the peak of the tourism season, and although confirming support for humanitarian visits, it also underlines that the sensitiveness of Malvinas Islanders, as well as the families, should be paramount.

 
 
Malvinas Islands (photo take between June 19 and 20, 2017) .- Photo taken by the press team of the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that was developed in June 2017 in the Malvinas Islands for Identification of the identity of the bodies of the 123 NN tombs, within the framework of the agreements between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Courtesy Didier Revol / International Committee of the Red Cross / ARCHIVE LANA
 
 
 
 

The release follows: “Further to recent news reports alleging a forthcoming visit by a delegation of family members to the Argentine Cemetery near Darwin, the Malvinas Islands Government has now been in direct contact with the Families Commission to clarify the situation.

”The Falklands (Malvinas) Islands Government confirmed that there had been no contact from authorities in Argentina over any possible visit to the Islands.

 
 
Malvinas Islands (photo take between June 19 and 20, 2017) .- Photo taken by the press team of the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that was developed in June 2017 in the Malvinas Islands for Identification of the identity of the bodies of the 123 NN tombs, within the framework of the agreements between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Courtesy Didier Revol / International Committee of the Red Cross / ARCHIVE LANA
 
 
 

“Furthermore the Government took the opportunity to clarify the logistical limitations that such a trip would pose during the peak tourism season, and emphasised the wish to avoid coinciding with military anniversaries.

”Finally, the Falklands Islands (Malvinas) Government reaffirmed their support for humanitarian visits, but emphasised that appreciating the sensitivities of Falklands (Malvinas) Islanders, as well as the families, should be paramount.

 
 
Malvinas Islands (photo take between June 19 and 20, 2017) .- Photo taken by the press team of the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that was developed in June 2017 in the Malvinas Islands for Identification of the identity of the bodies of the 123 NN tombs, within the framework of the agreements between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Courtesy Didier Revol / International Committee of the Red Cross / ARCHIVE LANA
 
 
 

The Government will keep a watching brief on this issue and should any further formal steps be taken to progress this matter, it will communicate these developments to the Falkland Islands community.”

 

RES.VP.LANA