D709 3/16/6/4 - File: `Dr David Owen - Belgrano. Ponting' - Sep 1984-Feb 1985

File of papers concerning claims made initially by civil servant Clive Ponting that the Conservative Government had covered up the facts surrounding the sinking of the Argentine cruiser the General Belgrano by British naval forces during the Falklands conflict on 2 May 1982, and the subsequent pr...

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Physical Description:1 file; 37 items.
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War
Summary:

File of papers concerning claims made initially by civil servant Clive Ponting that the Conservative Government had covered up the facts surrounding the sinking of the Argentine cruiser the General Belgrano by British naval forces during the Falklands conflict on 2 May 1982, and the subsequent prosecution of Clive Ponting, including:

  • Collection of news cuttings/copy news cuttings
  • Press notices concerning the dispute including David Owen's statement issued to the press in response to letter from Margaret Thatcher 8 Oct 1984; MS draft of press release by secretary of the SDP Parliamentary Group Sue Kels denying David Owen's involvement in calls for a Committee of Enquiry into the sinking of the¬†Belgrano¬†; transcripts of statement made by David Owen and ?Shirley Williams (MS copy) for press release on Clive Ponting's acquittal, 11 Feb 1985; etc
  • Copy of Margaret Thatcher's letter to Neil Kinnock concerning the decision of the Law Officers to prosecute Clive Ponting, 15 Feb 1985
  • Copy of letter from David Owen to Margaret Thatcher pressing her for explanation of her apparent misrepresentation of the facts surrounding the sinking, 13 Feb 1985.
Date:Sep 1984-Feb 1985
Reference Number:D709 3/16/6/4