Studying the Falklands as part of my History A-level and just a point of interest which I cant seem to find anything about on Wikipedia but why didnt NATO get involved fully with the Falklands War?
Since the Falkland Islands are not located in the north Atlantic area north of the Tropic of cancer, article 5 does not apply.Article 5
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .
Article 6 (1)
For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:
on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America, on the Algerian Departments of France (2), on the territory of or on the Islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer;
on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties, when in or over these territories or any other area in Europe in which occupation forces of any of the Parties were stationed on the date when the Treaty entered into force or the Mediterranean Sea or the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer.
I hope you brought it up at parents evening! My stepmum is half argentinian and to this day still insists that the Falklands belong to Argentina. Lets just say, after dinner conversation gets very heated whenever i go to visit.AlienFTM said:Do you know? My daughter came home from school a few years ago and informed us that her History teacher had told her that our invasion of the Falklands was a war crime because we never declared war on the Argies. I practically fell off me seat.
I told my daughter to tell her friggin History teacher to go away and read UN Articles (erm about) 51-54, where she would learn that an act of war is to be considered a declaration of war, the Argies invaded: THEY started it. Simple as. End of.
Bliddy bleeding heart revisionista left-wing teachers. I've sh!t better.
Not entirely fair to the French.ugly said:We were in Portugal on exercise and stuck for an LSL home till the mighty Crab trooped us back, we got some very strange looks. The French by the way didnt so much as stand by us as commented at the beginning but stab us in the back by supplying much needed exocet stuff to the dagoes as they were affectionately known!
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