Thursday, January 03, 2013

Falklands Follies

The UK tells Argentina to pound sand:
The future of the Falkland Islands is up to its inhabitants - not Argentina, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

It comes after Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner urged the prime minister to abide by a 1965 UN resolution to "negotiate a solution" to the dispute.

"The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves - the people who live there," said Mr Cameron.

A referendum on the islands' political status is to be held in March.

The prime minister said: "Whenever they have been asked their opinion, they say they want to maintain their current status with the United Kingdom.

"They're holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognise it is 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."
Grandstanding only goes so far before it becomes sabre rattling...

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