May 23, 2013
CFK a 'troubled woman', says British war vet
After yesterday’s announcements made by Argentina over Malvinas sovereignty claims, numerous British voices came on stage to express their feelings on the topic.
British Malvinas veteran Simon Weston, who was badly injured during the conflict, described the Argentine president as “a troubled woman.”
Weston told the BBC, “I don't know what she [Fernández de Kirchner] thinks she is going to gain by annoying everyone with these continuing arguments”, and added, “Ultimately what are the UN going to do? Are they going to sign a sanction against Britain? I doubt it very much.”
Likewise, member of the Malvinas Legislative Assembly Dick Sawle, said the islands' fundamental right to self-determination should not be taken away from them.
In conversations with BBC, Sawle indicated that “Since 1982 when we were invaded we have had a very strong deterrent force which has been effective. We have not been invaded again.
Sawle also played down Fernández de Kirchner’s comments on Prince William’s deployment: “It was nonsense to suggest that Prince William's arrival on the Islands was a threat as he will be in civilian clothes flying search and rescue helicopters.”
This month, representatives from the Malvinas Islands government joined some 100 delegates from 22 overseas countries and territories (OCT) including Anguilla, Curacao, Greenland and St. Pierre Miquelon to present a joint position on trade issues and regional integration. During the event, Dr Barry Elsby, who’s a Member of the Malvinas Legislative Assembly remarked “We [islanders] are a resourceful people who can stand up to bullying from Buenos Aires.”
Malvinas only newspaper Penguin News’ Editor, Lisa Watson, remembered on her Tweeter account that Islanders represent the third party in the matter that is being ignored by the Argentine government.
“We have British citizenship as all other members British Overseas Territories but we are Falkland Islanders first. The populations of the overseas territories, like us, are allowed to choose their own future - seems fair to me.”
To end, Watson mentioned his standing point before 10 Downing Street: “I really have no interest in UK's opinion of us as long they support us in choosing our government.”