Falklands 30 - On this day - April 18, 1982

‘UK needs to boost its budget for the military’

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ON April 18, 1982, US Secretary of State Alexander Haig continued to press the case for his five-point peace plan with ruling Argentinian officials in the capital Buenos Aires.

In a cable to the White House the same day, he wrote that he’d talked up a forthcoming British attack by playing on the fact that Royal Navy ships were steaming towards South Georgia.

He said: ‘It is vital that I leave here with an assessment by the Argentines not only that the British are going to attack but we are only hours away from such event.’

Meanwhile, the Argentinian aircraft carrier Veinticinco de Mayo returned to port with engine trouble.