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30th anniversary of Malvinas islands war

04-02-2012 14:02 BJT

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The war between Britain and Argentina over the Malvinas, or Falkland, Islands ended 30 years ago. But tensions between the two countries are still high over the islands’ sovereignty.

On Sunday, current members and veterans of the Falkland Islands Defence Force held a ceremony in Port Stanley to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the bloody war. Meanwhile, residents of Ushuaia in Argentina were preparing to hold their own ceremony on Monday. The war began on April 2nd, 1982, and lasted 74 days, ending with the Argentine surrender. 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three islanders died during the conflict.

On Sunday, current members and veterans of the Falkland Islands Defence
Force held a ceremony in Port Stanley to commemorate the 30th anniversary
of the bloody war.

Argentine Veteran, Mario Ruben Pacheco said, "We came to Ushuaia because it is the closest place to the Islands, so it helps us to think about being closer to the island, to the place where each of us fought. So the objective is to ’Malvinize’ while we are on our trip, to speak to people and tell them that the Malvinas belong to Argentina and will always be that way."

Argentine Veteran, Mario Ruben Pacheco

Sharon Halford, Chairperson of Falklands Legislative Assembly, said, "This weekend does not hold as much significance for us as it does for our neighbors, of course, because they invaded us, which is not something that we celebrate. What we are here to do today is to celebrate and remember when our Falkland Islands Defence Force had to stand to, because we were being invaded."

On Sunday, current members and veterans of the Falkland Islands Defence
Force held a ceremony in Port Stanley to commemorate the 30th anniversary
of the bloody war.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV

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