Argentina: Authorities begin revealing identities of 88 Falklands War dead

The Argentinean government has begun informing relatives of soldiers buried in anonymous graves following the 1982 Falklands War if an investigation led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has identified their remains, in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. Relatives of eight soldiers attended a meeting with the Secretary of State for Human Rights Claudio Avruj at the Higher School of... Еще Mechanics of the Navy (ESMA). The former detention centre converted into a memorial site also houses a Falklands War museum. Maria Ines Romero, mother one of the war dead, spoke to the press about the results of the meeting. «He is in the Darwin cemetery, [his body] has been identified. So they gave me the good news and thanks to God we found [him] and we can close this wound, which has been so strong for the past 35 years.» Between June and August, a team of international forensic scientists, including one expert from both Argentina and the United Kingdom, analysed 122 remains buried in 121 graves marked 'Argentine soldier known only to God'. On December 1, the ICRC announced that the investigation had identified 88 bodies buried at Darwin Cemetery on the Falkland Islands. The Falklands War began when Argentina invaded the islands in the South Atlantic, claiming sovereignty over them. The British government responded by sending a naval task force. The two-month conflict claimed the lives of 649 Argentinean military personnel.

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