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Argentine president praises Armed Forces at ceremony on Malvinas

Buenos Aires, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Javier Milei participated on Tuesday in a tribute to veterans and soldiers killed in the Malvinas (Falklands) War, in which he called for 'reconciliation' with the Armed Forces and did not mention the United Kingdom.

In addition to omitting a condemnation of the 191 years of occupation by the European country and its constant provocations with military exercises and visits by authorities, the Argentine president supported the position of deniers of the crimes against humanity committed during the civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983).

Initiated on April 2, 1982, the war between Argentina and the United Kingdom ended on June 14 of the same year and left 649 Argentine soldiers killed.

The UK reported 255 casualties.

Analysts consider that the war was an attempt by the regime to extend its period in power, but ended up accelerating its end and brought serious losses to Argentine families.

They also point out that the dictatorship acted with its back to the people and away from its commitment to the principle of peaceful settlement of international disputes.

In his speech, Milei ignored all this and accused previous administrations of ‘harassing and underestimating the Armed Forces.’

Besides, he invited them to witness the so-called May Pact, in which the head of State establishes ten essential items of a new political order and whose signature is not yet assured due to his disagreements with several governors.

The president, who has repeatedly said that he was an admirer of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), promised to defend Argentina’s claim to sovereignty over the Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich islands and the surrounding maritime areas.

However, his speech focused on the need for prosperity and prominence in international trade and a new link with the military.

‘May God bless the Argentines and may the forces of Heaven accompany them. Long live freedom, dammit! he concluded.