In December 2011, Argentina persuaded neighbouring countries, including Brazilo, Uruguay and Chile - Britain's one, crucial ally in the region during the 1982 Falklands War - to ban civilian ships flying the Falklands flag from entering their ports. Now Argentina appears to be planning to prevent Chilean-owned airline LAN from continuing its weekly flight between Punta Arenas and Port Stanley, the Falklands' only commercial air link with South America, thereby imposing an economic blockade of the civilian population of the Falklands.
As Argentina orchestrates this economic blockade, the British government is sending HMS Dauntless, an ultra-modern Type 45 destroyer, to replace frigate HMS Montrose in the region.
And today it was announced that Prince William is en route to the Falklands for a tour of duty as an RAF search and rescue pilot. His deployment has been branded a "provocative act" by Argentina, whose foreign ministry expressed regret that an heir to the throne would arrive wearing "the uniform of a conqueror".
As the 30th anniversary of the 1982 invasion by Argentina approaches (2 April), is a new crisis brewing in the South Atlantic?
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