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Statement on the Falkland Islands

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Prime Minister: "Today is a day for commemoration and reflection"

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

Thirty years ago today the people of the Falkland Islands suffered an act of aggression that sought to rob them of their freedom and their way of life.

Today is a day for commemoration and reflection:  a day to remember all those who lost their lives in the conflict - the members of our Armed Forces, as well as the Argentinian personnel who died.

Today, we salute the heroism of the Task Force which set sail to free the islands.

We are rightly proud of the role Britain played in righting a profound wrong. And the people of the Falkland Islands can be justly proud of the prosperous and secure future they have built for their islands since 1982.

Britain remains staunchly committed to upholding the right of the Falkland Islanders, and of the Falkland Islanders alone, to determine their own future.

That was the fundamental principle that was at stake thirty years ago: and that is the principle which we solemnly re-affirm today.