Helicopter pilot Prince William is in the Falklands with the Royal Air Force for a six-week military mission and Argentina, not appreciating the RAF’s presence, has taken to calling the newly wed prince a “conquistador.”
With the anniversary of the Britain-Argentina conflict of 1982, Argentina believes the arrival of RAF’s most advanced warships is a slap in the face.
A statement from Argentina’s foreign ministry read, “Governments should avoid the temptation of inciting debates that transform patriotism into bullying with the aim of distracting public attention from political decisions to reduce spending in the context of structural crisis and high unemployment.”
It goes on to say that while Argentina is working towards peace and participates in UN missions, the UK insists on ignoring UN resolutions and “weakens the power of diplomacy and increase the risk of further war.”
This year marks the 30-year anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, in which Argentina and the United Kingdom fought over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands as well as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The islands, which sit off the southeast coast of Argentina in the South Atlantic, were invaded by Argentine forces in April 1982. In response, British naval forces were dispatched to intercept the Argentineans.
Since the 19th century, Argentina has claimed that the islands are their territory, and earlier this month made it clear that they have no intention of giving up their claim.
The Telegraph reported that Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, will leave the RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire Wednesday night.