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Foreign Office Minister statement on the 35th anniversary of end of the Falkland Islands conflict

Sir Alan Duncan pays tribute to those who lost their lives on the 35th anniversary of the end of the Falkland Islands conflict.

The Rt. Hon Alan Duncan, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday said:

Today marks 35 years since the end of the Falklands conflict. It is an opportunity for us to remember and reflect on all those who lost their lives – the members of our Armed Forces, as well as those from Argentina.

We particularly want to honour the 255 UK servicemen and three Falkland Islanders who made the ultimate sacrifice, and gave their lives to protect the freedom of the Islands. The peace and independence which their courage secured in 1982 has seen the Islands grow and prosper in the three and a half decades since.

Whilst our relationship with Argentina is improving, our resolve to support the Falkland Islanders remains just the same as it did 35 years ago. We remain committed to upholding the right of the Falkland Islanders to determine their own future, and to remain British in line with their wishes.

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