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David Cameron and Argentine president Cristina Kirchner Photo by: Getty

Argentinian leader demands Falklands/Malvinas islands back

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David Cameron and Argentine president Cristina Kirchner Photo by: Getty

It was a war that caused a sensation at the time.  It  was fought between Margaret Thatcher and the Argentinian junta in 1982 but Britain emerged victorious retaining the Falklands/Malvinas islands in the South Atlantic.

It led to the deepest rift between Ireland and Britain in generations when Irish leader Charles Haughey backed the Argentinians. 

Now a generation later Argentinian leader Cristina Kirchner is demanding that Britain hand back the islands to Argentina.

British leader David Cameron is having none of it.

"The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves, the people who live there," he said.

"Whenever they have been asked their opinion, they say they want to maintain their current status with the United Kingdom,...they're holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognise it is for the Falkland Islanders to choose their future, and as long as they choose to stay with the United Kingdom they have my 100 per cent backing.

Kirchner made public the contents of a letter to Ban Ki-moon the U.N Secretary General calling for their return to Argentina

One hundred and eighty years ago on the same date, January 3rd, in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism, Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Malvinas Islands, which are situated 14,000km (8700 miles) away from London.

The Argentines on the Islands were expelled by the Royal Navy and the United Kingdom subsequently began a population implantation process similar to that applied to other territories under colonial rule.

Since then, Britain, the colonial power, has refused to return the territories to the Argentine Republic, thus preventing it from restoring its territorial integrity.

The Question of the Malvinas Islands is also a cause embraced by Latin America and by a vast majority of peoples and governments around the world that reject colonialism.

In 1960, the United Nations proclaimed the necessity of "bringing to an end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations". In 1965, the General Assembly adopted, with no votes against (not even by the United Kingdom), a resolution considering the Malvinas Islands a colonial case and inviting the two countries to negotiate a solution to the sovereignty dispute between them.

This was followed by many other resolutions to that effect.

In the name of the Argentine people, I reiterate our invitation for us to abide by the resolutions of the United Nations."

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