February 16, 1990 |
Argentina and Britain announced an agreement Thursday to restore full diplomatic ties, nearly eight years after they fought a 74-day war over the Falkland Islands, a sparsely populated archipelago off Argentina's coast in the South Atlantic Ocean. The announcement capped two days of talks here between Argentine and British officials. Britain agreed to lift by March 31 a 150-mile military protection zone enforced around the islands since Argentina invaded them in 1982.
April 9, 2013 |
LONDON -- The funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, will be held in St. Paul's Cathedral on April 17, officials said Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, are expected to attend what will be the most elaborate funeral to be staged in London since the death of the queen's mother in 2002. It will be the first funeral of a prime minister that the queen will have attended since Winston Churchill's in 1965.
November 5, 1986 |
Argentine President Raul Alfonsin assured President Reagan that his country will use words, not guns, to settle its latest dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands, a top Argentine official said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1988
Argentina has turned to the United Nations Security Council in its anger about British military exercises around the Falkland Islands--a move that demonstrates the continued commitment of Argentina's democratic government to a peaceful solution of the 155-year-old dispute. It is appropriate and also a reassurance that the lessons of the war, launched by Argentina's military rulers, have not been forgotten. Perhaps Britain will be able to justify these exercises when the council convenes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
In Great Britain, folks still call them the Falkland Islands, and in Argentina people still insist on calling them las Islas Malvinas-- and that's unlikely to change any time in the near future. London and Buenos Aires have had rival claims to the islands, 250 miles off the Argentine coast, since a British colony was established there in 1833. But that did not prevent the two nations from maintaining close, and often profitable, relations with each other for almost 150 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2008 |
Francis Pym, an antagonist of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who served as her foreign secretary during the Falklands War, died Friday after a long illness, his family said. He was 86. Pym served two years as defense secretary during Thatcher's first term as prime minister. In 1982, while Britain was battling Argentina to keep control of the Falkland Islands, he was named foreign secretary after the resignation of Peter Carrington. Thatcher fired Pym after winning the 1983 election, and he became increasingly critical of her policies.
March 18, 2013 |
ROME - He called her policies an “attack on God's plan.” She described him as “medieval.” But Pope Francis and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the leader of his native Argentina, kissed and made up Monday - literally - at a private meeting at the Vatican. “Never in my life has a pope kissed me!” Fernandez exclaimed after the encounter, during which she presented the pope with her own token of reconciliation: a mate gourd, which he can use to drink traditional Argentine tea. Fernandez was the first world leader to meet the new pontiff, who before his elevation last week was known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires.
November 1, 1986 |
In 1982, when Argentina and Britain went to war over the Falkland Islands, Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine dean of Latin American letters, likened the war to the struggle of two bald men for a comb. This week, the dispute over the desolate islands, about 300 miles off the Argentine coast in the South Atlantic, heated up again after Britain claimed a 200-mile fishing zone around the Falklands, and said it would actively enforce its fishing rules within a 150-mile zone.
July 5, 1991 |
An updated chronology of war and peace in the South Atlantic: 1982: Argentina and Britain go to war over the Falkland Islands, a British colony that Argentines call the Malvinas. Britain wins. 1989: After seven years without direct diplomatic or commercial relations, the countries embark on a new path of rapprochement. 1991: Relations continue to improve. But possible petroleum exploration and a ban on commerce between Argentina and the islands loom as divisive issues.