Cameron hits back at Kirchner
David Cameron has hit back at the Argentinean president after she called for the UK to relinquish control of the Falklands.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sent an open letter to David Cameron, copied to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, calling on the UK to give up the islands.
In full-page adverts purchased in US and UK newspapers, the Argentinean leader says Argentina was forcibly stripped of the islands in "a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism".
But Mr Cameron dismissed the claim, and pledged to protect the wishes of the Falkland islanders, who will hold a referendum on whether they wish to remain part of the UK later this year.
“The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves,” the Prime Minister said.
“They’re holding a referendum this year, and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognise it’s for the Falkland Islanders to choose their future. And as long as they choose to stay with the United Kingdom, they have my 100% backing.”
Downing St also said this morning that the Prime Minister would "do everything to protect the interests of the Falkland Islanders".
The Falklands Government criticised Ms Kirchner's intervention, saying in a statement: "We are not a colony - our relationship with the United Kingdom is by choice".