December 21, 2013
Gov’t stays mum over Thatcher’s death
The government yesterday did not comment on the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who led the United Kingdom during the 1982 Malvinas War and was held responsible for sinking the ARA General Belgrano light cruiser outside the Maritime Exclusion Zone, killing 323 Argentine sailors.
While several heads of state including Pope Francis expressed their condolences to the British government and people over the death of “The Iron Lady,” Argentine authorities kept quiet.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera considered that Thatcher contributed to the spread of liberty and democracy across the world by “providing a great contribution toward the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and United States President Barack Obama regretted the passing of a “friend” of their respective countries while the former described her as “brave.”
Malvinas gov’t in mourning
Flags were flying at half mast yesterday in Malvinas, where the staunchly British population commemorated the leader who sent a task force to expel the Argentine armed forces in 1982.
Malvinas Member of the Legislative Assembly Mike Summers said: “It is with great sadness that we received news of the death of Baroness Thatcher this morning. She will be forever remembered in the Islands for her decisiveness in sending a task force to liberate our home following the Argentine invasion in 1982. Our sincere gratitude was demonstrated in 1983 when she was granted the Freedom of the Falkland Islands. Her friendship and support will be sorely missed, and we will always be thankful for all that she did for us. The thoughts and deepest sympathies of all Falkland Islanders are with her family and friends at this sad time.”Malvinas victims’ relatives ICC claim
César González Trejo, the leader of the Relatives of the Fallen in Malvinas Commission, yesterday regretted her death before Argentina could file a lawsuit against the former Conservative Party leader before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Trejo says his organization is pressing Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman to file charges over war crimes against Argentina during the 1982 Malvinas War.
“Unfortunately the impunity she enjoyed in the 31 post-war years is due to the fact that our leaders did not have the courage to make her pay for her criminal actions, when in the United Kingdom itself there was a citizens’ inquiry accusing her of being a war criminal, as demonstrated in the ‘Sink the Belgrano’ documentary directed by Federico Urioste for Channel 4 (London.)”