Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britain

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  1. afako

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    LONDON: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner published an open letter in the British press on Thursday calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to return the disputed Falkland Islands.

    In the letter, published as an advert in several national newspapers, Kirchner said the South Atlantic islands were "forcibly stripped" from Argentina 180 years ago today "in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism".

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

    Kirchner said the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1965 which considered the islands as a case of colonialism and invited Britain and Argentina to hold talks on their disputed claims.

    "In the name of the Argentine people, I reiterate our invitation for us to abide by the resolutions of the United Nations," she wrote, copying in UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

    The demand comes at the start of a year when the Falkland Islanders are due to hold a referendum on the archipelago's political status in a bid to bring the bitter territorial dispute to an end.

    Tensions between Britain and Argentina rose last year on the 30th anniversary of their short but bloody war for control, which left 255 British soldiers and 649 Argentine troops dead.

    Cameron has refused to discuss the issue of sovereignty of the islands, known as Las Malvinas in Spanish, and the two leaders publicly clashed over the issue at the G20 summit last June in Mexico.

    In a Christmas message to the Falklands, the British prime minister accused Argentina of denying the 3,000 residents the right to choose how they are governed, and of undermining their economy.

    In her letter, Kirchner accuses Britain of expelling the Argentines on the islands when it took control and begining a "population implantation process similar to that applied to other territories under colonial rule".

    She adds that the Falkland issue is "a cause embraced by Latin America and by a vast majority of peoples and governments around the world that reject colonialism".

    In response, a foreign office spokeswoman said that the Falkland Islanders "are British and have chosen to be so".

    "They remain free to choose their own futures, both politically and economically, and have a right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter," she said.

    She added: "There can be no negotiations on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands unless and until such time as the islanders so wish."

    Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britain - The Times of India

    I still concur Nirbhays + Brahmos + Barak 8 would seal the fate of Falklands forever for the Argies.
     
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    average american Senior Member Senior Member

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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    I was in the Falklands a few years ago, those people are British, they have no desire to be part of Argentina. I am not sure why any one would want to live there, its not much.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    Beside the point anyhow. Cristina is just trying to distract her people from their economic woes.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    It would diminish any future claim over Antarctica.

    Also EEZ allows a Military to legitimately patrol it as their own waters.
     
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    Argentina pulls out of Falklands talks - Telegraph
    Argies are interested in territory, never mind the rights of those who live there.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    Do you seriously think the UK cares about them?
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    Yes, certainly more than the Argies do. But when Argentina pulls out of diplomatic talks because the UK Government insisted that islanders should be able to take part, it makes them look just stupid, whatever their arguments are. And I'll say as I have said before, that witch Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is trying to distract Argies from her failed presidential policies.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    Nirbhay: NOT operational.
    Barak: NOT operational.
    Brahmos: may be but can they afford it ?

    In 1982, Bri turds were marred by no long range fighters but now they have Eurofighter deployed in Falklands and with Type-45 for air-defense and Astute's with land attack Tomahawk i would definitely bet my money on the English.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    Who says give them tomorrow?

    Over the years we can provide them in tranches on credit.

    Nirbhay and Barak 8 are going to be Operational within a Coupe of Years.

    Argies just need to strain the logistical supplies for the Birtuds and half the job is done. There is no need for immediate takeover of the islands.

    Birtuds are Civilized People belonging to the First World Europe. They cannot use Nukes. :rofl:

    The Birtuds are barred from resupplying in the harbours of Latin America and supplies will be routed from Ascion Island.

    Also, Typhoons can be destabilized by making the runway useless. Nirbhay fulfills this role.

    Barak 8 is to safeguard offensive assets.
     
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    Indian interests are better served with Falklands remaining with UK. Sorry Argentina, its all about natural resources for now.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    There is lot of oil in the waters of the South Atlantic, this is an oil dispute more than
    a territorial dispute.
     
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    Re: Argentina restates Falkland Islands claim in open letter to Britai

    Always side with the upper with the clear advantage...
     

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