Commentary (The Times)

Falklands: “Minister’s visit to consult Falklands people” (Nick Ridley & leaseback)

Document type: Press
Source: The Times , 18 November 1980
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Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 309
Themes: Defence (Falklands)

Minister's visit to consult Falklands people

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent

Mr Nicholas Ridley, Minister of State at the Foreign Office, will visit the Falkland Islands from November 22-29, for further discussions with the islanders on how to resolve the dispute between Britain and Argentina over the status of the islands.

The last occasion when Mr Ridley was in the Falklands was July 1979, since when there has been one round of talks with Argentina, in New York last April. Mr Ridley will pay a courtesy call on the Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister during his forthcoming visit, but no substantive talks would be held, it was stated yesterday.

In any case, it is stressed in London that British policy towards the Falklands remains as it has always been, that no solution would be acceptable that was not agreed by both the islanders and the British Parliament.