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Message to the Falkland Islanders

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The following short piece was published in Penguin News following Meg’s visit to the Falklands Islands in early January.


I really enjoyed my first visit to the Falkland Islands.  It was an excellent opportunity to see just how beautiful and unique your Islands are, and to hear from many of you your views for the future.


I met Councillors, business people, public sector workers and a wide range of residents of all ages from Stanley and Camp. It became clear to me that you are successfully developing your home to put it on a more sustainable footing for future generations. 


The Islands are growing in popularity.  An increasing number of tourists are drawn to the Falklands by its natural beauty and wildlife and who comprise the second biggest income generator for the Island. The ongoing conservation efforts combined with the hard work of the Falklands Tourist Board should enable your tourist industry to go from strength to strength.


There are also the possibilities from the hydrocarbons industry to consider. The increased investment from international oil companies should bring progress with exploratory drilling. This will have a significant impact on the Islands - economically, socially, environmentally and on its infrastructure. It will require careful handling and the UK Government will work closely with your Government on this.


I discussed with your Councillors the progress on the development of a revised constitution for the Falkland Islands.  We want to ensure that all of the UK’s Overseas Territories have modern constitutions that reflect the principles of self determination, democracy and partnership.


The UK Government has no doubts about our sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and remains committed to protecting your right to self-determination.  We undertake to uphold your security and everything you have worked so hard to achieve.”

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