the duel between London and Buenos Aires 39 years after the war – Defense Analysis

The Argentine government today filed a formal complaint with Uruguay for its cooperation with a British military plane that made a stop in Montevideo during a flight between the United Kingdom and the military base in the Falkland Islands / Malvinas.

According to reports from the state agency Te’lam, which cites official sources, the government of Alberto Fernandez has sent a formal complaint to the Uruguayan government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the cooperation provided to the British forces in the islands, a situation that according to Argentina it would be repeated regularly in recent years disguised as “humanitarian assistance”.

The Argentine government reported that an RAF Airbus A330 MRTT cargo / tanker plane (pictured above) took off from the Falklands (Malvinas for Argentines) and flew over international waters to Montevideo, where it stopped for refueling: a practice which according to Buenos Aires contradicts the agreements reached by Argentina with neighboring countries so that assistance to the British was limited to “humanitarian issues”.

Last week, President Alberto Fernandez declared that the islands “were, are and will be Argentinian”, on the occasion of the Day of the Veteran and the War Fallen on April 2, the day in which in 1982 a blitz by the Argentine forces of the military junta led by General Leopoldo Galtieri, they invaded the archipelago which constitutes in all respects British territory and which was reconquered 75 days later by the expeditionary force sent by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.


Buenos Aires called on the United Kingdom to “resume bilateral negotiations on sovereignty on the terms proposed by the United Nations” on the islands.

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The new integrated review of the London Defense presented by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the House of Commons last March provides for the defense of the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar (claimed by Argentina and Spain) to “protect them from external threats” using the armed forces if necessary. The same measures apply to all 14 British Overseas Territories.

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The armed forces will be used as a “deterrent against raids in the British territorial waters of Gibraltar” and “will maintain a permanent presence in the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and the British Indian Ocean Territories”. The review also envisages “significant investments in Cyprus air bases”, which ensure “the ability to contribute to security with our allies in the Eastern Mediterranean”.

The British Strategic Review was harshly condemned by Argentina, which “argues once again that the United Kingdom must listen to the international community that promotes the end of colonialism in the world and that in particular, in the case of the Falklands, has proposed, through the Resolution 2065 of the United Nations, that the way to resolve the dispute over sovereignty is bilateral dialogue ”, reads a note from the Argentine Foreign Ministry.


According to Argentina, “the considerations of Prime Minister Johnson reaffirm the traditional colonial vision of the United Kingdom” on the Falkland / Malvinas Islands and all the British possessions in the world, and for Argentina “do not express any novelty regarding politics British colonial. The United Kingdom maintains its illegitimate presence in the South Atlantic with the aim of appropriating the existing wealth and controlling both access to Antarctica and the bi-oceanic passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific ”. In conclusion, the note states that Argentina “only recognizes dialogue, diplomacy and peace as the only ways to regain the exercise of sovereignty in the Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces”.

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In this context, there is no shortage of relaxing initiatives in the archipelago inhabited by 3,500 people of British origin and nationality. Argentina and the United Kingdom asked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on March 19 to help identify Argentine soldiers who died between April 2 and June 15, 1982 and were buried in the Darwin Cemetery.

An agreement signed in Geneva by the ICRC and the two governments provides for the launch of a second project in this direction after the first, launched in 2012, made it possible to identify between 2017 and 2018 the remains of 115 soldiers out of the 122 exhumed in the same cemetery as Darwin. After the war in Darwin about 237 graves were found, of which 122 with the inscription “Argentine soldier known only by God”.

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