March 14, 1999
Charles crowns South American tour with Falklands memorial

                  PORT STANLEY, Falkland Islands (CNN) -- Prince Charles endeared
                  himself to residents of the Falkland Islands Sunday with support for the
                  islanders' staunchly British colonial tradition.

                  "I think you have something quite remarkable here in these islands, and so
                  many realize just what a special part of the world this is," the British royal
                  heir told the villagers of Goose Green, site of a decisive battle between
                  British forces and Argentina in 1982.

                  "And I do hope you will be able to keep it like this for future generations as

                  The prince ate lunch in the community hall where Argentine invaders
                  imprisoned many villagers during the brief conflict over the islands 17 years
                  ago. The battle at Goose Green on May 28, 1982, marked a turning point in
                  Britain's victorious campaign to recapture the islands after Argentine troops

                  The prince, who is colonel-in-chief of the Paratroop Regiment, looked
                  solemn as he laid a wreath at the rough stone cairn that commemorates the
                  20 paratroopers who died at Goose Green, including their commander, Lt.
                  Col. "H" Jones. One hundred Argentines also died.

                  Ten paratroopers in maroon berets, led by Goose Green veteran Maj.
                  Geoffrey Weighell, stood at attention as the prince observed a moment's
                  silence at the memorial.

                  "The prince looked very moved to me," Weighell, 42, told reporters. "He
                  asked me what were my feelings. It's a very moving place -- so peaceful
                  today, but it was very different 17 years ago."

                  The Falklands visit capped Charles' weeklong South American tour to mark
                  a process of reconciliation between Britain and Argentina.

                  Yet the prince's comments Tuesday during a speech in Buenos Aires
                  sparked protests when he referred to lingering tensions. He urged Argentina
                  to "live amicably alongside" the 2,200 residents of the Falklands. Argentina
                  has laid claim to the islands since 1833.

                  The islanders greeted Charles at Port Stanley with applause and shouts of

                  "We were grateful for Your Royal Highness' appeal for mutual peace and
                  understanding between ourselves and Argentina in your recent visit to that
                  country," the Rev. Alistair McHaffie said during a Sunday sermon at Christ
                  Church Cathedral.

                  "And we have been immensely grateful for the support given to us, one of
                  the world's smallest democracies, by Britain, the world's oldest democracy."

                               The Associated Press contributed to this report.