FINN(COM) DAILY RECORD:
Compiled by J. Brock (FINN)
Despite traffic problems in
Amongst the Parliamentarians present were the Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, the Rt Hon Michael Ancram MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and the Rt Hon the Lord Hurd of Westwell.
The Chilean Ambassador was able to attend for the early part of the evening, and the Uruguayan Ambassador was represented by the Embassy’s Consul.
Also in attendance were visiting Islanders (including Councillor Ian Hansen), Falkland Islands students, FCO and MoD personnel, former Governors, Chief Executives and CBFFIs, and members of UK based Falkland Islands groups.
The speech by the Falkland Islands Government Representative, Sukey Cameron, which was well received, was followed by a message from Her Majesty the Queen, read by Sir Rex Hunt, who then proposed the Loyal Toast.
An impressive performance of Beating Retreat by the Band of the Irish Guards provided a perfect close to the evening. The Representative was joined on the dais by Major General Sebastian Roberts OBE, Officer Commanding London District, and the Minister for the salute.
18 June 2004
ADDRESS BY THE REPRESENTATIVE, SUKEY CAMERON MBE
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT ANNUAL RECEPTION
17TH JUNE 2004, THE HONOURABLE SOCIETY OF ’S LINCOLN INN
My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen: This is the 30th Anniversary of our Annual Reception, which was initiated by the Falkland Islands Association in 1974. It is always a great source of strength that so many of you attend this event. We welcome those attending for the first time and those who may have attended nearly all!
The last few months have been dominated by three issues: flights, fishing and finance.
As many of you know, the current Argentine government has adopted a more assertive policy on
Despite these provocations, our Councillors have refused to bow to bullying and blackmail and we have had robust support from the UK Government and our friends in Parliament, for which we are very grateful. These actions only reinforce Islanders’ commitment to the principle of self-determination. The Argentine Government will discover in time that they are totally counterproductive.
The loss this year of £10 million in fishing revenues has left a hole in our finances and we are taking steps to live within our reduced means. Our representatives have also been out and about, ‘selling’ the
We are exploring the potential for aquaculture, expanding renewable energy sources through harnessing wind power and continuing the search for oil and other minerals, which is currently experiencing heightened interest from investors.
Some of the challenges we face may be hindered by what has become known as “the Falklands Factor.” However, it was good to see this referred to recently as a positive force, by a local businessman who, at the naming ceremony of a fishing vessel the company had just invested in, despite the downturn in fisheries, said: ”Generally when we talk about a ‘Falklands factor’ we mean the additional difficulties sometimes encountered. But we find too that there is also a ‘
Whatever the current financial constraints, we are determined not to jeopardise the investment we are making in the regeneration of the Camp or the high standards of health and education that we have worked so hard to achieve. In this, as in our commitment to preserve our freedom, self-determination and self-sufficiency, Falkland Islanders are united. We are also determined to preserve our greatest natural asset, the unique wildlife and environment of our
Later this year we are delighted that, for the first time, the
Harold spent 45 years of his life in the service of the
Our current difficulties pale into insignificance compared to the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom and I believe our greatest tribute to them must be to resist bullying and intimidation – as they did. With your continuing support, I am certain that the positive ‘Falklands Factor’ will prevail and we will preserve the right to self- determination and self-sufficiency that they bequeathed to us.
Will mussel farming ever be viable in the
SW: There would be large sums of money involved in it. One of the issues involved in creating the industry is that we have no infrastructure so we have to start it on a scale which allows us to pay for the infrastructure over a reasonable period of time. For example, many of the mussel farms 9n
MID WINTER SWIM:
There’s only one day left before people take to the sea for a bit of mid winter madness. It’s all happening this Saturday at 1200 at
The Jelly Tots fancy dress is happening on Sunday. Whether you are a Peter Pan or Bob the builder, all are welcome to go along to the Town Hall on Sunday from 1400 to 1600. The competition is open to 11s and under. Entry on the door is £1.00 and .50p for children, apart from those in fancy dress who get in for free. Parents are also asked to bring a plate of nibbles for the party table.
There are 3 Committee meetings planned for next week. On Tuesday, the Environmental Committee will meet at 0900 in the Liberation Room, Secretariat. At1330 on Tuesday, the Historic Buildings Committee will meet in the
Desire Petroleum gushed 2 3/4p to 19 1/2p on heavy buying amid speculation that it is in talks with Shell about farming out its licences in the
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