Falklands row rekindled as over 80% of Argentina wants to reclaim British islands

Falklands row rekindled as over 80% of Argentina wants to reclaim British islands

30/07 A ROW over the Falkland Islands has been rekindled after 80 percent of Argentines claimed they want to reclaim the British Overseas Territory, according to a survey.

A recent poll carried out by consulting firm Julio Aurelio-Aresco has revealed more than 80 percent of Argentinian society believes the country should continue to demand the end of British occupation. Daniel Filmus, the Secretary of Malvinas, wrote on Twitter: “83 percent of Argentine men and women affirm that the Argentine Government has to continue demanding the recovery of sovereignty over the Malvinas. It is a cause that encompasses all political forces, all social sectors and all ages.”

The question that was included in the survey read as follows: "Thinking about the sovereignty claim over the Malvinas Islands, do you think we have to continue the claim?"

The participants were offered three possible answers, which included “yes”, “no”, and “I don’t know”.

81.40 percent of respondents were in favour, while 10.2 percent said that it should not continue with 8.5 percent saying they did not have a defined position on the issue.

The data also highlighted that 87.9 percent of those who live in the City of Buenos Aires considered it necessary to maintain the position to defend the national sovereignty over the islands.

In the province of Buenos Aires, that number reached 82.7 percent and 79.6 percent in the rest of the country.

The study consisted of a quantitative survey carried out between July 13 and 15.

It took into account the entire population over the age of 16 who could vote, anywhere in the country, and collected a total sample of 5,002 cases.

The news comes after it was announced that Argentina will start a search to identify remains of Argentine soldiers who died in the Falklands War in 1982.

The second stage of the humanitarian mission will begin on August 9.

The team in charge of the process will include the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an expert from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, and a British specialist.

The experts will all travel to the Falkland Islands after completing a week of quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They will then start to identify the remains in the multiple tomb C.1.10, near the main cross of the Darwin cemetery.

The first phase of the Humanitarian Project Plan began in 2012 when more than 100 bodies were identified.

The governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom agreed that the ICRC will carry out the identification of the remains belonging to unidentified Argentine soldiers.

The committee will carry out the archaeological exhumation of the remains, the analysis and documentation of all human remains and the collection of DNA samples.

The collected samples will be taken to the laboratory of the Forensic Anthropology Team based in Cordoba for analysis.

The recovered human remains will be temporarily placed in the exhumed grave at the cemetery.

Once the DNA results are available, the second analysis and classification of the remains will be carried out.

Daniel Filmus, the Secretary of Malvinas, said: “The main objective is to address the anguish that the families of the soldiers who died in Malvinas have experienced all these years because they could never identify where the remains of their loved ones rested."

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