IN a speech to update parliament about the Falklands crisis on April 14, 1982, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said: ‘The people of the Falkland Islands shall be free to determine their own way of life and their own future.
‘The wishes of the islanders must be paramount. But they cannot be freely expressed, let alone implemented, while the present illegal Argentine occupation continues.’
Mrs Thatcher ensured the House of Commons the navy’s ‘formidable’ Task Force was ‘proceeding with all speed towards the South Atlantic’.
But she stressed Britain sought a diplomatic solution.
She added: ‘Diplomatic efforts are more likely to succeed if they are backed by military strength.’