FALKLAND Islands elected representatives have continued a robust rejection of an Argentine suggestion to establish an Aerolinas Argentinas airline regular flights to the Falklands.
Left: MLA Mike Summers
A communique this week from the Argentine Embassy in London to the British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office proposed the idea for a second time, Cristina Kirchner having originally made the suggestion in a speech in March, and said it marked an, "opportunity to enhance the Islanders quality of life and their communications capabilities."
This would replace the weekly Lan flight from Santiago de Chile.
Two Members of the Falklands Legislative Assembly, Islanders Mike Summers and Sharon Halford noted in foreign and local press respectively that they found the offer strange while Argentina continued to ban charter flights to the Falklands.
MLA Summers made it clear however, that the Islands' government would view it positively if an offer was made, as was suggested in the Argentine communique, to consider the preservation of fish stocks and re-open discussions about the terms an conditions of the South Atlantic Fishing Commission.
More details in Friday's Penguin News