Thursday, April 2, 2015

Argentina: Cristina Fernández to head Malvinas ceremony in southern Ushuaia

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was flying to the southern province of Santa Cruz from where she will be later heading to the city of Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego to lead the official rally marking the 33rd anniversary of the South Atlantic War that Argentina fought against the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the occupied Malvinas Islands.

The ceremony is expected to take place today at noon in the Malvinas Square with the presence of Fabiana Ríos, the governor of Tierra del Fuego, members of the national cabinet team, military and security authorities and ex Malvinas War veterans.

In her message, President Fernández is expected to honour veterans as well as the troops that gave their lives to fight the IK back in 1982. The 74-day conflict claimed the lives of 649 Argentine soldiers and 255 British.

Earlier today, Ms. Kirchner met with officials at the Olivos presidential residency in Buenos Aires province. Among them, were Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Justice Secretary Julián Álvarez.


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  1. Argentina to Britain: spend money on the poor, not the Falklands...

    (Reuters) - Britain should spend more helping its own poor than on defending the Falkland Islands, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said on Thursday, responding to a recently-announced budget increase aimed at protecting the contested archipelago.

    Britain's government said last week it would reinforce its military presence on the Falklands to counter the "very live threat" posed by Argentina.

    Fernandez, in a speech honoring soldiers who died in her country's failed 1982 invasion of the South Atlantic islands, dismissed the idea of Argentina being a threat, telling Britain to focus instead on fighting poverty within its own borders.

    "What a paradox," Fernandez chided, "when there are more than one million Britons eating at the food banks they have had to open in one of the most powerful countries in the world."

    "Don't worry. Don't spend another pound sterling on defending the Malvinas," she said, using the Argentina term for the Falklands. "Spend your money feeding the English, on providing jobs for your young people and a better quality of life for the British, because we are not a threat to anyone."..............


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