Friday, March 22, 2013

New information on British deliberations over the 1982 Falklands (Malvinas) War

Alan Travis reports on new information just released relating to British government internal discussion over the 1982 war initiated by Argentina over the Malvinas Islands, called the Falkland Island by the British colonizers, Thatcher papers show Falkland islands doubts in heart of Downing Street The Guardian 03/21/2013:

[Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's chief of staff David] Wolfson made an explicit proposal in a note to Thatcher on 22 April 1982 to avoid war by way of buying off the Falklanders. He suggested that the "bribe" of a US-backed index-linked guarantee of $100,000 per family and lifetime guarantees allowing residents to settle in Britain, Australia or New Zealand with full citizenship, be offered.

"This is the bribe which would have to convince Galtieri that they would vote for Argentine sovereignty," he told her.
Rachel Gold cartoon 02/12/2012

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