Is there a Falklands Solution?

Current Falkland Islands' flag

I think, yes.

Given the threatening authority of Argentina and the determination of Britain to maintain island security, I believe there is a middle ground.

Britain needs to give the Falkland Islands their independence, in much the same way as Jamaica achieved the same in 1962 while maintaining a Commonwealth Realm hold on the islands as protection against any military incursion.

Hellerick's proposed Falkland's flag

Once independent and with a flag of their own, the next step is for the United Nations to accept admission.

This as a solution would protect the islands and any further claim by Argentina would in fact be a declaration of war on another country.

Personally I see Hellerick’s flag as a compromise between the flags of Britain, retaining the Coat of Arms, and Argentina’s colours, given that the bottom bar is in the form of waves; all highly appropriate, given their geographic location, which is a part of Argentina’s grief. I see such a vexillographic compromise as a vital part of the solution.

At the moment, the Falkland Islanders are British. With Independence they would become Falkland Islanders, neither British, nor Argentinian.

Can't get much more British than red telephone booths and post boxes

Any success by the Argentinians to make the Falklands a part of Argentina has clearly been soundly rejected by the people who have collectively determined that they don’t want any part of Argentina or it’s corrupt government. They, at least the majority, are of British stock and should not be obliged to change their heritage, customs, language or form of governance by anybody.

The Falklands would have their own maritime exclusive zone that would not conflict with that of Argentina.

The Falkland Islanders can be left in peace and be subjected to the capricious whims of neither the greedy British nor the Argentinians to form their own government and constitution.

Matters of oil exploration can then be decided by their own government, not the British who would obviously profit handsomely; nor the avarice of the Argentinians.

The Falklanders would be able to decide who explores, who drills and who their customers are. More importantly, it would give the Falklanders financial independence.

Basically, the answer to the conflict is, send both parties packing, or in more blunt language, “Sod off and leave us in peace!”

Proud to be Falklanders

I think that this message is doubly important seeing that we are approaching the 30th anniversary of the sad state of affairs in 1982 and the possibility of matters coming to a head.

Who knows, perhaps in fifty years, like Jamaica, full independence can be considered and the links to Britain severed in safety.

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  1. #1 by compareandy on October 9, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    A very badly written piece with no real understanding of either British overseas territories, independence and the commonwealth.

    The Falklands are a British Overseas Territory. This means she is self governing but enjoys the protection of the UK. If the people prefer this to full independence, this is their choice, and indeed not the UK’s.

    Should the Falklands wish to become independent, this is their choice just as other coutries did but remain in the commonwealth.

    At the end of the day, the only solution to the problem is for everyone to listen to the islanders themselves and not to small tin pt dictators with hidden agendas in south america.

    Many fail to realise that the Falkland Islanders have more rights to their existance and their land, than the Whole of Argetnina, and indeed many parts of the USA, Spain, Germany, Russia and many others.

    Argentina always goes back to the falklands arguent when they are found to be miss managing their own country. This happened in the 80’s and again now in the 10’s.

    The irony is that had their been a way for america to cash in on the oil and gas, they would have instantly been in with offers of forces or peacekeeping missions.
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    • #2 by argentumvulgaris on October 9, 2012 - 2:14 pm

      >compareandy, thank you, I return the compliment as an English teacher, I assume you wrote in haste. You did clarify a British Overseas Territory for me, and as a result the erroneous thought that in fact the Falklands are already independent. What I was trying to say, and apparently, ineffectively, was that severing that tie takes the wind out of the Argies sails. I am fully aware the reason that Argentina use the Falklands argument is to disguise domestic problems as I am also aware that Christina Kirchner is a mini-Chavez but doesn’t have the balls (excuse the pun).

      AV

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