However, set one condition: the initiative assess whether the country maintains the service of Lan Chile.
The UK today dismissed the proposal of the national government to make three weekly flights by Aerolineas Argentinas to the Falklands, following the “context of increasing hostility” to the islands, but raised his willingness to “evaluate” whether Argentina communications holds the Lan Chile air service and review “its policy prohibiting charter flights.”
Sources with the Foreign Office, the islanders said that the proposals of the Kirchner administration “are made not in a context of warmth and friendship to the people of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), but in a context of increasing hostility.”
The position was transmitted through two letters, one sent by Sharon Halford, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Islands to Colin Roberts, director of the Overseas Territories Department of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, and the other to the same Roberts Ambassador of Argentina in London, Alicia Castro.
The initiative on the flights had been announced by President Cristina Fernandez to speak before Congress on March 1 last, at the opening of the Legislature. Specifically, he asked that there be three weekly trips Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires to Puerto Argentino.
Then the project was formalized by Castro, who presented notes to the Minister of State for the Foreign Office, Jeremy Browne. “With regard to air services, the proposal aims to revise Argentina’s current situation and the establishment of direct scheduled services between Argentina and the Falkland Islands continental operated by Aerolineas Argentinas. This is an opportunity to improve communications and quality of life of the inhabitants of the islands \ ‘\’, had said Castro.
Today came an answer, after consultation of the English authorities to the Legislative Assembly of the archipelago. “The Government of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) is willing to evaluate the issue of flights with the Argentine Government, subject to the Argentine government’s commitment not to attempt to suppress the LAN Chile flight and to change its policies to ban overflights Argentine airspace for charter flights, “he said.
The English authorities valued the service LAN Chile after concluding that “a consolidated route, and serves not only to the transfer of passengers but also allows us to receive fresh fruits and vegetables and tourists from Chile using vacation packages.”
“So it is our firm position that we want this flight is maintained, so we sincerely hope that the Argentine government confirms that he has no intention of removing this key link,” they said and emphasized its intention to “strengthen communications between the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and the mainland, and willing to dialogue with the Argentine Government on possible ways to do it. “