Ernest Gordon Lewis

Mr Lewis was a New Zealander who governed the islands at the time of the Communications agreement to try and improve connections between the islands and Argentina. Following on from these preliminary talks in London and a subsequent visit to the Islands by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) negotiating team in June 1971, an agreement was signed in 1971 between the Argentine and British Governments, which despite FCO protests to the contrary, many Islanders considered a betrayal and the first step in a process which would lead ultimately to the Islands being handed over to Argentine jurisdiction. Among the consequences of this agreement, made more critical by the ending of a previous maritime passenger and cargo link between the Islands and Montevideo, was the handing over to the Argentine Government of total control over the Islands' external communications, along with their acquisition of a monopoly over the supply of certain essential types of fuel. In the end, political events in Argentina made the agreement difficult to implement.

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