In committing to defending the Falkland Islanders’ wishes we are standing up for a universal, democratic ideal – Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy MPJim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, speaking on the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands conflict, said:

“This month the country and all political parties will be united in remembrance. In committing to defending the Falkland Islanders’ wishes we are standing up for a universal, democratic ideal.

“Commemorations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict are an important national moment. We must remember all those who fought. Over 900 lives were lost and we pay special tribute to the sacrifice of the 255 Britons who fell fighting for our country.

“The conflict 30 years ago was in defence of a sovereign British territory which had been invaded. Something more important than Empire’s legacy was and is at stake: the universal right to self determination and our belief that diplomatic dispute should be resolved by democracy rather than the uptake of arms.

“Despite recent Argentinean belligerence relations between our two countries are totally different from the early 1982, but we continue to stand for that right. There is no evidence Falkland Islanders want anything other than to remain British. Commemorations this month will be about our pride in that principle as well as honouring the dead and injured.”

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