Welsh nationalist party rebuffs Argentine approach on Falklands’ dispute
Diplomats from the Argentine embassy in London invited senior representatives from Plaid Cymru, for talks in the past six months, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Elfyn Llwyd MP, the Westminster leader of the Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru party, met two senior Argentine diplomats for coffee.
Mr Llwyd confirmed the meeting had taken place, but he said he firmly rebuffed the approach to join Argentina’s campaign.
He told The Daily Telegraph that he had “no interest” in helping the South American country with its battle to win support for its claim to the islands.
He said: I expressed no interest in getting involved in this fraught matter. They were trying to get me to introduce them to sympathetic MPs.
The Falklands Islands Government is planning to hold a referendum next year in a bid to see off the increasingly aggressive claim from Argentina on the islands.
Buenos Aires is thought to have been trying to capitalize on historical links between Wales and Argentina.
In Patagonia, in the south of the country, a dialect of the Welsh language is spoken among thousands of ex-patriots descendants of Welsh ancestors who first settled there in 1865.
The settlers built Welsh chapels and their descendants even organize a regular cultural festival. In 2004, the Welsh speakers in Argentina asked to access Welsh television programs to encourage the growth of the language.
During the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina 30 years ago, there were Welsh language speakers in both sets of troops.