Remote control Falklands — Politics

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Remote control Falklands — Politics

The Falkland Islands are on a push to promote trade and tourism, and welcome a few extra diplomats to their shores. New hires include a trade attaché tasked with strengthening ties between the Falklands and Uruguay.

The Falkland Islands are on a push to promote trade and tourism, and welcome a few extra diplomats to their shores. New hires include a trade attaché tasked with strengthening ties between the Falklands and Uruguay. The motivation, says Royal Holloway University’s Klaus Dodds, who has written on the Falklands, is to ensure the islands are less politically, economically and culturally isolated from South America.

The timing is pointed: Argentina is heading to the polls and the question of who owns the Falklands could return. Ensuring that islanders have more of a hand in their affairs is a statement that only they can decide their future.

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