ICRC schedule confirmed

A DELEGATION from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will hear the views of the Falklands public next week, on the subject of the ICRC’s possible future humanitarian mission to identify the remains of fallen Argentine soldiers at Darwin Cemetery.

This first visit is described as a scoping mission to enable assessment of the logistical and technical requirements for carrying out the task.
Within the schedule planned for the four members of the group, they will have the chance to chat with Islanders at a public meeting at Goose Green at the club at 1630 on June 29, and in Stanley at the Chamber of Commerce on June 30.

They arrive in the Islands on June 27 and will reside at Malvina House Hotel and that night will meet with Members of the Legislative Assembly and the Governor.
Their first meeting the next day (June 28) will be with the Director of Public Works and then with MLAs, the Chief Executive, the Argentine cemetery caretaker and later with Eric Goss MBE, farm manager at Goose Green in the 1982 war.

They will travel to Darwin on June 29 and June 30 and have technical and logistical discussions with FIG and landowners  on July 1 and logistical discussions with the private sector.
The group, comprising Laurent Corbaz, Edmond Corthesy, Morris Tidball-Binz and Oran Finegan are scheduled to depart on July 2.
MLAs have stated that all parties concerned recognise, “this is a sensitive subject for all involved.”

FIG Statement Regarding Brexit

THE Falkland Islands Government will be working with the public and private sector to further investigate the impact of Brexit on the Islands.

Falklands representatives congratulated all involved in campaigning on both sides of the debate, adding: "As with the referendum on our political future in 2013, the impressive turnout and widespread engagement with the referendum reflects well on our respective democracies."

Read more: FIG Statement Regarding Brexit

Immigration changes mark significant step forward

EXECUTIVE Council last week agreed several issues relating to immigration which included a series of detailed policies on Visitors permits, Work Permit Policy and Permanent Residence Permits.

In a paper outlining the background the to the decision making, Head of Policy John Shea said the Falklands was displaying stagnant population growth, a declining population in Camp and an aging demographic. 

Read more: Immigration changes mark significant step forward

Falklands hopes for saner approach from new Argentine Government

MAURICIO Macri, ex Buenos Aires mayor from the centre-right opposition party, won the final round of the Argentine presidential election last Sunday.

Mr Macri will succeed Cristina Kirchner Justicialist Party/FPV ending many years of Peronist domination of the government.

In the Falkland Islands Government Legislative Assembly yesterday a number of Members commented on his election. 

Read more: Falklands hopes for saner approach from new Argentine Government

Red Cross will engage transparently with all parties on issue of Argentine remains

MEMBER of Legislative Assembly Mike Summers and UK representatives met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, on Monday to discuss a process of seeking to identify the remains of a number of unidentified Argentine soldiers buried at Darwin cemetery.

Read more: Red Cross will engage transparently with all parties on issue of Argentine remains