Boris Johnson, 40 years after the Falklands War: “Our commitment to the islanders is as strong as 1982”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

On the 40th anniversary the beginning of the Falklands WarBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson refers to the war conflict with Argentina and described as “firm” his country’s commitment to the inhabitants of the islands of the South Atlantic. Moreover, he reminded the warriors that lost their lives in clashes that began on April 2, 1982.

“On a day like today forty years ago the Argentine military junta invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands (British as the Malvinas),” Johnson wrote on his Twitter account. “This spring we will thank and remember all those who fought and died to liberate these islands and their people. Our commitment to them is as strong as 1982added the British leader, accompanying his message with a photo of a soldier throwing an offering of flowers into the sea, paying tribute to the victims of the conflict.

Johnson’s statement on the anniversary of the start of the war is not the only one to come from the country. Liz Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, has also used social media to talk about the conflict. “The Falklands are part of the British family and we will always stand up for their right to self-determination., wrote the British chancellor. “We are saddened to remember that more than 900 lives were lost in the Falklands war,” he added.

The head of British diplomacy also accompanied his message with a photo of soldiers from his country carrying the British flag as they walked the grounds of Malvinas.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landing of Argentine troops on the Malvinas Islands, which took place in 1982, which marks the start of a military operation that sought to regain sovereignty over the territory and which led to the start of battles against British occupying forces that lasted two months and 12 days. The war ended in a British victory on June 14, 1982. 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers and three inhabitants of the island of Malvinas were killed. A referendum held by the islands in 2013 expressed a 99.8% desire to remain British and has been a mainstay of Britain’s diplomatic stance ever since.

La ministra Truss y Boris Johnson
La ministra Truss y Boris Johnson

Within the framework of that date, the Government of Argentina will take action in various parts of the country to commemorate 40 years. Under the motto: “Our Malvinas”The Executive Authority announces the agenda of activities to be carried out in Veterans and Veterans Day, former Fighters and Fall of the Falkland Islands. “This is a special day to deepen the spread and visibility of Argentina’s sovereign rights with respect to the Malvinas, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the maritime space around them, and the continuing dispute over sovereignty – recognized by the United Nations – remains unresolved. today”, stressed the Presidency.

The “40 years Malvinas Agenda” has the main axis to highlight “the Argentine people’s acknowledgment and respect for the fallen, their families and Malvinas veterans and to continue to reaffirm our sovereign rights”. “Malvinas unites us and will continue to do so until the rights of all Argentines to the territory are recognized.”, said Casa Rosada when announcing the activity.

In the province Land of Fireon the evening of April 1, a traditional vigil is held in the city of Río Grande, in its capacity as the National Capital of Vigil, and today there will be commemorative activities in ushuaia.

At 11.00 a service is held at Lujan Basil Basilicacelebrated by the president of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, Monsignor Oscar Ojea. With the presence of national authorities and special guests, 12:30 p.m. event scheduled at Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands Museum, which will be broadcast live and flags will be flown simultaneously in different parts of the country: Ushuaia, Chaco, Rosario, Malvinas Argentinas, Bariloche and Salta. President Alberto Fernández will preside over the state ceremony.

Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will star in Congress, at 4:00 pm, awards to legislators who participated in the conflict in the South Atlantic. He will be accompanied by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa.

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