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Britain rejects latest Argentine claim to Falklands’ sovereignty

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 01:50 UTC
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Junior Foreign office minister Chris Bryant made the statement to Parliament Junior Foreign office minister Chris Bryant made the statement to Parliament

The British government has firmly rejected the latest claim by Argentina to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, Members of Parliament have been told, according to a report from BBC.

In a written statement, junior Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant said the UK had “no doubt” that the Falklands belonged to the UK.

Argentina passed a law in December claiming to own the islands and several other British overseas territories.

The Conservatives gave their “full support” to the British government's response.

Argentina and Britain went to war over the Falklands in 1982, and despite the military dictatorship defeat and surrender, Argentina insists with claims to the Falklands and other South Atlantic Islands.

Mr Bryant said the Foreign Office had delivered a “note verbale” to the Argentine charge d'affaires in London to outline UK rejection of the claim.

It insisted that the Falklands, along with South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory, all remained firmly under UK sovereignty.

Shadow foreign minister David Lidington added that the Conservatives would “condemn attempts by any foreign governments to assert otherwise”.

In March 2009, Gordon Brown rejected calls from Argentina for talks over the future sovereignty of the Falklands. PM Brown turned down the request for discussions at a meeting with Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. (BBC).-

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • gong

    but there is a problem now :
    UQ ( United Queendom) is going to disperse into “ 3” parts who
    are : Britishland..Scotland..Wales-N.Ireland Confederation
    each would have any powers against Argentina !!??

    Jan 19th, 2010 - 04:05 am 0
  • lola

    UK is beligerant.
    We need weapons and national & popular goverment; not a right goverment; right represents foreign interests.
    We need money to buy in nexts years. We need to pay our debts now to go to a 20%GDP/debt to be beligerants in future so UK sit down and negotiate a durable peace.
    I support CFK.

    PD: selfdetermination is a lie; not a word from mister niceguy.-

    Jan 19th, 2010 - 08:17 am 0
  • J.A. Roberts

    lola said: selfdetermination is a lie

    Actually it is international law.

    Jan 19th, 2010 - 05:07 pm 0
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