Tuesday 19 September 2017

Red Cross exhumes Argentine soldiers' remains in Falklands

Personnel work in the Argentine memorial cemetery in Darwin, on the Falkland Islands (Didier Revol/ICRC via AP)
Personnel work in the Argentine memorial cemetery in Darwin, on the Falkland Islands (Didier Revol/ICRC via AP)

A team of forensic experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross says it has exhumed the first of 123 Argentine soldiers buried in a Falklands Island cemetery after the 1982 war with the UK.

The forensic experts are carrying out the exhumations as part of an agreement reached by both countries last year to identify the remains of the fallen soldiers.

Red Cross officials said that "small samples" were taken after the first exhumation was carried out on Tuesday. The body was later re-buried. Forensics experts are expected to carry out an average of three exhumations a day.

Argentina still claims the islands in the South Atlantic that it calls the Malvinas. The UK says the Falklands are a self-governing entity under its protection.

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