Falklands 30 - On this day - May 7, 1982

Submarine leaves Portsmouth after brief visit

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ON May 7, 1982, Britain declared that the total exclusion zone was now extended to 12 miles off Argentinian coast.

This meant that any Argentinian warship or aircraft world-wide was liable to be attacked.

Meanwhile, the US was still pursuing a peaceful resolution and Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, discussed peace proposals with British and Argentine delegations at a meeting in in New York.

US President Ronald Reagan told reporters: ‘I’m hoping that we can have this ceasefire and the removal of all forces.

‘So far I understand that it is Argentina that is holding back on withdrawing their forces.’