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Ireland asked to help crush Argentines

Published 30/12/2010 | 05:00

Margaret Thatcher pleaded with Charles Haughey to help her crush the Argentines at the outbreak of the Falklands War, it was revealed yesterday.

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Confidential files show the then-British prime minister personally urged the Taoiseach to "hit them hard" by halting overseas trading with the South Americans.

Mrs Thatcher admitted she had been forced to turn to "close friends" for support because she suspected the Soviet Union would block any UN proposed sanctions. "I now seek your personal help to bring about the urgent introduction of economic and financial measures against Argentina," she wrote to Mr Haughey.

Irish Independent

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