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Falkland Islands seek Tanzania support on status

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012

    The Falklands Islands, which are a United Kingdom Overseas Territory, are seeking Tanzania's support for its post-colonial status in the protracted row over its occupation with Argentina.

    A Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Falklands Islands, Mr Mike Summers, is in the country where he is on Tuesday scheduled to meet the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, in Dar es Salaam over the matter. He will convey to Mr Membe a message from about 3,000 residents of the islands, including eight MPs from two constituencies.

    Mr Summers, who visited offices of
    Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited, publishers of the ‘Daily News', ‘Sunday News', ‘HabariLeo', ‘HabariLEO Jumapili' and ‘SpotiLEO', in the city yesterday, said the Falkland islanders were comfortable with the post-colonial relationship with the UK and did not wish to be re-colonised by Argentina.


    He was accompanied to the newspapers' offices by the Deputy British High Commissioner to
    Tanzania, Mr Julian Chandler. Mr Summers said he was seeking Tanzania's support as a member of the UN Committee on decolonisation of islands (C 24), and that "it would be wise for it and other countries that are part of the process to look at the wishes of the people of the area rather than interests of the colonial powers''.


    He added that the post-colonial position under Britain is also confirmed in the islands' constitution of 2009. He said a number of countries supported the wishes of the islanders but there were a number, particularly the Latin America nations, that backed Argentina.


    Argentina and Britain went into war in 1982 over the Falklands occupation and the former has put a clause in its constitution to reclaim the islands. UK formerly occupied the Islands in 1833.


    They were discovered by British sea captain in 1592. The Falklands, comprising two large islands and 778 smaller islands, are self- governing except in the areas of defence and foreign affairs. Its economy is strong, based on fishing, tourism and agriculture. Since 1833, British administration has been uninterrupted, except for the Argentina invasion of 1982.


    Source: Daily News

     
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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    How can we support Falklands Islands - a BRITISH PROTECTORATE while they supporting MALAWI with Lake Nyasa?
     
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