ABSTRACT

The year 1979 brought a new government to Britain under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, whose Conservative Party was voted into power in May 1979. While Argentines were celebrating the Week of the Malvinas, the new British government was quietly discussing the options open to it in regard to the Falklands: first, break off negotiations and prepare to defend the islands against Argentine attacks ("Fortress Falklands"); second, return the islands and resettle the islanders in other places (considered politically and morally unacceptable); third, continue negotiations to gain time but with no intentions of solving the problem; and, fourth, continue negotiations in good faith to find a solution that would satisfy both the islanders and Parliament (Franks 1983: p. 20).