“incomprehensible”

Argentina leader Fernandez seeks Falklands flight link

President Fernandez says the UK's refusal to negotiate sovereignty is "incomprehensible"

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez says she wants to renegotiate an agreement with the UK on flights to the Falkland Islands from South America.

The islands are currently served by weekly flights from Chile.

But Ms Fernandez said she wanted the air link to be operated by Argentina’s state-owned airline direct from Buenos Aires.

In response, the UK government said any discussions on flights were a matter for the Falkland Islands government.

But the Foreign Office said it expected Argentina to honour its commitments under a 1999 agreement allowing flights from Chile.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Argentina’s attitude is really incomprehensible.

Wants the Falklands, goes to war and loses, accusations of Britain militarising the South Atlantic, blocks two cruise ships from Ushuaia, tells companies not to deal with Britain…

And now, wants to negotiate flights BUE – MPN (Mount Pleasant, Falklands).

“We want flights to the islands from mainland Argentina – Buenos Aires – operated by our flag-carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas,” she said.

I have no problem with that. But crikey, it’s a cack-handed way of going about things.

Aerolineas Argentinas is a well known international carrier flying to Europe, North and South America and across the Pacific.

In the past I have had dealings with AR; it’s a rough and ready airline by world standards, but I have flown the Pacific route more times than I care to count, I have consolidated airfares for the company. I like them, as in fact I like Argentinians and they do make shit hot wine.

But their claim to the Falklands, in face of historic fact (see previous post), is (in Fernandez’ own words) “incomprehensible.”

I would love to see the Falkland Islanders open their hands and say welcome to Aerolineas Argentina.

Maybe, just maybe it is the way to unlock this ridiculous stalemate.

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