Jersey’s Assistant Chief Ministers have been attending events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the Falklands conflict.
Senator Paul Routier has been representing Jersey at commemoration services in the Falklands’ capital, Stanley, while the Assistant Chief Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, has attended a special ceremony in London.
Senator Routier, who was invited in his capacity as Father of the House, Senior Senator and Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Executive Committee, has met members of the Falkland Islands Assembly and heard how they are building their economy and developing their communities to improve local facilities.
Senator Routier said he was honoured to be in the Falklands to reflect on the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for freedom. “We have been remembering those in the UK Armed Forces who fought, and the many who died, in the Falklands conflict. We, in Jersey, can understand the feelings of the Islanders, many of whom can remember the conflict themselves. The occupation is still very much alive in their memory.”
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache attended a ceremony in London to mark the 30th anniversary. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke at the event in the Great Hall at Lincoln’s Inn, and supported the Falkland Islanders’ right to self determination.
Senator Bailhache said “It was a pleasure and honour to represent Jersey at the ceremony in London. I am proud that the people of Jersey contributed to reconstruction in the Falklands after their liberation and I am glad that the Prime Minister supported the Falkland Islanders’ position on their right to self-determination.”