Argentina unhappy over Prince William’s Falklands posting

February 8th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Prince WilliamLondon, Feb 8 (IANS) Argentina has expressed unease after learning that Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, is to be deployed to the Falkland Islands as part of his military duties.
Britain and Argentina fought a bruising war in 1982 over the Falkland Islands, which are claimed by both countries.

The three-month war, in which 649 Argentines and 255 Britons were killed, ended in a British victory but Argentina continues to maintain its claim to the archipelago it calls the Malvinas.

Jorge Taina, an aide to Argentina’s foreign minister, said the move would reopen debate about the future of the islands.

“This circumstance only serves to once again highlight Britain’s ongoing military presence in land and sea areas that are part of the Argentine Republic’s national territories,” he said.

According to Royal Air Force News, Prince William is to be sent to the Falklands to serve as a search and rescue (SAR) pilot for three months, after he completes his 18-month RAF course in 2009.

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