Search for a possible burial of an Argentinian combatant in Teal Inlet in the Falklands agreed by the United Kingdom and Argentina
Argentina and the United Kingdom as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross signed on Thursday in Geneva the international instruments to advance in the search and the identification of a possible burial in Teal Inlet, in the Falkland Islands, which could contain remains of unidentified Argentines. fighters.
According to the statement from the Argentine Foreign Ministry, the agreement was signed Thursday by the Argentine ambassador to International Organizations, Federico Villegas, his British peer, Simon Manley and the ICRC vice-president, Giles Carbonier.
The statement also underlines that Argentina continues to work “bilaterally”? with the intermediary of the ICRC to move forward in this new task which will take place next August when the second phase of the Humanitarian Plan Project focused on grave C 1 10 in the Argentinian military cemetery in the Falkland Islands.
The signing of these instruments complements the second HPP which was subscribed on March 18, 2021 when Argentina and the United Kingdom agreed that the ICRC will move forward with the identification of the unidentified Argentinian combatants buried on the tomb C.1.10 ??.
The communiquÃ© underlines that according to these instruments, Argentina and the United Kingdom agree to the implementation of the sovereignty formula of paragraph 2 of the joint declaration of October 19, 1989 to all the negotiations undertaken for this phase of the initiative. humanitarian, instruments concluded and consequences. ?? As in previous cases, this new humanitarian task will draw on the invaluable experience of the members of the Argentinian forensic anthropology team ??
?? With the same humanitarian perspective of the first phase initiated in 2012, these agreements aim to identify the remains of Argentinian soldiers who fought for the recovery of national sovereignty in the Malvinas and lost their lives in the islands, as well as giving answers to their families as to where they can honor their loved ones ??
The possibility of finding a burial in Teal Inlet, where in 1982 a field hospital had been installed, was communicated by the United Kingdom to Argentina last May, the statement concluded.
As you would expect with Cristina Kirchner again at the helm of the show in Argentina, not a word is mentioned in the statement of the joint communiquÃ© of September 13, 2016, agreed between Argentina and the United Kingdom. , also known as the Foradori / Duncan communiquÃ©, and which was the springboard for the ICRC’s draft humanitarian plan that ultimately identified 115 of the 121 anonymous graves in Argentina’s Falklands military cemetery.
It is also important to remember point 10 of the Foradori / Duncan communicated which referred to the South Atlantic.
In a positive spirit, the two sides agreed to establish a dialogue to improve cooperation on issues of common interest of the South Atlantic. The two Governments have agreed that the sovereignty formula in paragraph 2 of the joint declaration of 19 October 1989 applies to this Joint press release and its consequences. In this context, it was agreed to take appropriate measures to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and sustainable development of the Falkland Islands, including in trade, fishing, maritime transport and hydrocarbons. The two sides stressed the benefits of cooperation and positive engagement for all parties involved.
?? In accordance with the principles set out in the joint declaration and exchange of letters of 14 July 1999, the two parties agreed that new air links between the Falkland Islands and third countries would be established. In this context, they agreed to set up 2 additional stops per month in mainland Argentina, one in each direction. Specific details will be defined.
âBoth delegations expressed their full support for a DNA identification process for the unknown Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery. Discussions on this sensitive humanitarian issue will continue in Geneva on the basis of an assessment by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supplemented by bilateral discussions if necessary. Both sides agreed that the wishes of the affected families were paramount.
?? Both parties agreed to set a date for a more comprehensive meeting as soon as possible ?? :.
Regarding the events in the Falklands, it is also worth mentioning that the Chief Superintendent of Police of the Falkland Islands, Jeff McMahon, is currently leading an investigation to help locate the remains of Argentinian soldiers still missing and possibly in anonymous burials in north East Falkland. at a place called Teal Inlet.
Superintendent McMahon was interviewed by Charles Graham, of Wigan today, and said investigations are at an early stage, but credible evidence has been presented that suggests as many as 20 bodies were buried near Teal Inlet Bay. A space of 50 by 50 meters has been demarcated for possible excavations in the future.
It has been alleged that the fallen soldiers were buried near a site where medical waste – including the severed limbs of the fighters – were buried, and although this was done with dignity and a religious ceremony, none marker has only been placed there, and while documents have been returned to Britain describing the site, they have so far not surfaced.
Part of Superintendent McMahon’s investigation, therefore, is to call upon veterans of the South Atlantic conflict and any other witnesses to present information that might corroborate the claims – or otherwise.