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Falklands : NEW/OLD FALKLANDS’ DEPARTMENT’ RETURNS TO FCO
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 09.12.2012 (Article Archived on 23.12.2012)

Peter Hayes, Director of the Overseas Territories, has announced the reestablishment of a Falklands Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

NEW/OLD FALKLANDS’ DEPARTMENT’ RETURNS TO FCO


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


Peter Hayes, Director of the Overseas Territories, has announced the reestablishment of a Falklands Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


 


Three new departments will sit underneath OTD as part of a restructure of the Overseas Territories Directorate (OTD). D. Martin Longden, who has visited the Islands twice since joining OTD in early 2011, will head the new Falklands & Southern Oceans Department. Similarly, the Polar Regions Unit, which has responsibility for South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, will now be known as Polar Regions Department, headed by Jane Rumble.


 


“Whilst much of the rationale for this change is to bring OTD’s structures into line with other FCO Directorates, Mr Hayes commented, “the reestablishment of a Falklands Department also reflects the increasing political importance that Ministers and senior officials attribute to our Falklands work.”


 


He went on to say that “Supporting the Islanders’ right to self-determination and economic development is a key FCO objective for 2012/13. We have increased by half the size of the Falklands team in London, whilst employing extra resource across our diplomatic network to assist with this effort (including new positions in Washington DC and Stanley).


 


“HMG and FIG have together achieved much over the last year. We have made significant progress in promoting the rights of the Islanders and in defending the interests of the Falklands more broadly. Though it remains a work in progress, I am optimistic that we are succeeding, and I look forward to supporting Martin and others in his department as we look forward to a challenging 2013.”


 

 

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