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Old 19th Apr 2017, 13:34   #21 (permalink)
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The Falklands in 1982 was a British Crown Colony (now an Overseas Territory) and not part of the UK.

Article 5 reads:

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.
Europe and North America being NATO's area of interest.
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Old 19th Apr 2017, 16:37   #22 (permalink)
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funny how article 5 of NATO didn't apply when the UK was attacked by Argentina in 1982. An invasion of a NATO member's territory is an attack on it, no matter how far away that territory is from the mainland.
Fairdealfrank, as I was rightly reminded here a while back (during a similar discussion) after Article 5 you need to read article 6:

Article 6

For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:

on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America, on the Algerian Departments of France 2, on the territory of or on the Islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer;

on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties, when in or over these territories or any other area in Europe in which occupation forces of any of the Parties were stationed on the date when the Treaty entered into force or the Mediterranean Sea or the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer.
(My emphasis)
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Martin, Wiggy, thanks for the info!
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