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Falkland Islands row: Argentina President urges UK to hand over islands

Written on:January 3, 2024
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Argentina has accused Britain of behaving in a colonialist manner due to its refusal to cede the Islands

The Falkland Islands must be returned to Argentina by the UK government, the Argentinian President has remarked in an open letter published in the British newspapers. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has requested PM David Cameron to respect a 1965 UN resolution to negotiate a solution over the disputed Falkland Islands.

The Argentinian President’s letter regarding the Falkland Islands voices that the islands were forcibly taken away from Argentina by the British colonists and military in a brazen exercise of 19th century colonialism. However, the Coalition, through the Foreign Office, has remarked that the Falkland Islands’ population had elected to be British nationals.

As per the Foreign Office, there could be no negotiations on the Falkland Islands’ sovereignty unless and until such time as the islanders so desire. The Falkland Islanders remain free to select their political and economic futures and have a right to self-determination as stipulated in the UN Charter, voiced the Foreign Office. The agency remarked that the Falkland Islanders can’t be excluded from discussions over the future political status of the Falkland Islands.

The Argentina President’s letter, published in the Guardian and Independent newspapers, follows appeals made by her in the past for the Falkland Islands to come under Argentinian control. Her letter remarks that the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as the Malvinas, were conquered by the British 180 years ago on January 3. The colonialist takeover of the Malvinas by the Royal Navy led to the expulsion of the Argentinian people on the islands.

Argentinian President’s letter voices that, subsequently, the UK commenced a population establishment process resembling that applied to other areas under British colonial control. The Malvinas have, since then, not been given back to Argentina by the British governments, thereby thwarting Argentinian territorial integrity.

Argentina has remarked that it inherited proprietorship of the Falkland Islands from Spain. Argentina has stated that the Falkland Islands’ capital, Port Stanley, is situated about 1180 miles (1898km) from the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.

2012 marked 30 years since the Falklands War when the Islands were occupied by Argentina’s military for 74 days, before being defeated by the British military.

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  1. Jackson says:

    Falkland Islanders have voted to remain British nationals…Argentina should stop raking up this issue frequently…

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