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Argentina commemorates day of veterans and fallen in the Malvinas War

Buenos Aires, April 2 (Prensa Latina) Argentine organizations will commemorate the National Day of the Veterans and The Fallen in the Malvinas War, 42 years after the conflict with the United Kingdom.

In addition to government protocol acts, groups such as the Patriotic Encounter and ex-combatant centers will pay tribute to the participants in the conflict and question the policies of President Javier Milei, who on several occasions stated that he is an admirer of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013).

The war between the forces of Argentina and the United Kingdom began on April 2nd, 1982, and ended on June 14th of that same year, leaving a balance of 649 Argentine soldiers dead, while the United Kingdom suffered 255 casualties.

Analysts consider that the conflict was an attempt by the civil-military dictatorship (1976-1985) to extend its period in power, but it ended up hastening its end and brought serious losses for Argentine families.

“At the time of the hostilities in the South Atlantic, our country was governed by an illegal and illegitimate military regime, which acted behind the backs of the people and departed from its commitment to the principle of peaceful settlement of international disputes,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the administration of former president Alberto Fernández (2019-2023).

The statement recognized the heroism of the Argentine combatants and assured that the conflict did not alter the nature of the dispute, whose resolution remains pending.

The Argentine Constitution establishes that the recovery of the effective exercise of sovereignty over the Malvinas (aka Falklands), South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, and the surrounding maritime spaces constitutes a permanent and inalienable objective.