New Argentinian government will press for Falklands sovreignty

Posted On: 
4th January 2016

Argentina will continue to argue for sovreignity for the Falkland Islands, the country's new Conservative government announced yesterday.

Following a brief war with Britain over the islands in 1982, Argentina maintains they are part of its independence package from Spain.

But Britain argues it has historically ruled them and the island's citizens have the right to self-determination.​

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“Argentina renews its firm commitment to peacefully settling its differences, to international law and multilateralism,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It added that Buenos Aires “invites the United Kingdom to resume as soon as possible negotiations aimed at settling fairly and definitively, the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas (Falklands) islands, South Georgia, South Sandwich islands and surrounding territorial seas”.

In his Christmas message to islanders, Mr Cameron said he hoped the election of President Macri would lead to a “more mature relationship” between the UK and Argentina over the islands.

“It’s clear that there are many areas on which cooperation could be of mutual benefit,” the Prime Minister said.

“I’ve spoken myself with President Macri, and while I am eager to improve Argentine relations, for the benefit of all, I am clear that this does not and will not change my Government’s position on your right to self-determination. On this we are immoveable.

“Looking to the future, 2016 will doubtless be another year full of opportunity for the Falkland Islands.”

The people of the Falkland Islands voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining a UK overseas territory in 2013, with only three people voting against after 1,517 votes were cast.