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Falklands To Hold Referendum On Sovereignty

3:34pm UK, Tuesday June 12, 2012


Britain has controlled the islands since 1833 but Argentina claims it inherited rights to them in 1863

The Falkland Islands are to hold a referendum on their "political status" in a bid to end the continuing dispute with Argentina over their sovereignty.

The vote will be held in 2013, the Falklands government said.

The announcement comes amid increasing tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed territory, which the South American country calls Las Malvinas.

Britain has controlled the islands since 1833, but Argentina claims it inherited rights to them from Spain upon its declaration of independence in 1863.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "The British Government has been consistent in its view that the future of the Falklands can only be determined by the people who live there.

"So the Prime Minister and I support this initiative to demonstrate - without doubt - the definitive view of the Falkland Islands people.

"In a region that rightly prizes democracy and human rights, it is entirely appropriate that the Islanders can express this fundamental right. The principle of self-determination is a key part of the United Nations charter.

"The voice of the Falkland Islands people should be heard. I hope very much that Argentina, and indeed the whole of the international community, joins the UK in listening carefully to what they have to say."

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16245858


Added: Jun-12-2012 Occurred On: Jun-12-2012
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  • We all know what the result of the vote will be but the scummy argies won't care.
    The argies are going to NYC on june 14th to spout more shit to the UN, hmmm i wonder why they chose that day?
    Distracting the Argentine population over a humiliating defeat i think.

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  • Only people that are South Americans are from Chile that immigrated to Stanley, majority are the Islanders are from Scottish and Welsh origin. Those people were on the island longer then Argentine has been a nation, so if Argentine can lay a claim on the islands I say lay the claim on Argentine because of their proximity to the islands.

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  • This vote can only go one way. Its a waste of time and money though because Argentina will never drop their ridiculous claim on the Falklands.

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  • Argentina..LMAO

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  • is this a vote on who would fuck the Transvestite the Argentinians call a president

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  • Why?

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  • I dont think it will shut the face up of that ugly bastard in charge of Argentina. What does she care about the people of the Falklands, she needs something to help her cling onto power as she has made such a cunt of things in Argentina.

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  • Interesting...

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  • Good stuff.

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  • I understand why but really...why?
    If every country who had overseas territory taken from another country hundreds of yrs ago handed them back....a lot of people would find their lives turned upside down...its all bollocks...those people are British..with a British way of life, have been for too long to change it.
    makes me so angry!

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  • Look at all the Brits expressing! OK, have a small story. I was in Buenos Aires almost 10 years ago, living for half a year, and was able to make acquaintances with 2 older guys who were in the first war.
    One guy was an Argy navy seal and in one of the first helicopters to get shot. He told me his friend next to him got his head blown off in that first wave in that copter and that everyone else was injured copter downed.
    I asked this survivor if he thought that someday Arg. and England woul More..

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  • I wanna know how they think they inherited the islands from Spain, when Spain didn't own them... weird!

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  • Guess what.. No one gives a flying fuck.. Take it to youtube

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    • @and12589
      Are you mistaking this for a cat-related video? This is a huge issue for international diplomacy; the South-American bloc are closing ranks and trying to impose their new-found economic clout on traditionally strong Western nations. Furthermore, an article wouldn't go down very well on YouTube, you bloody idiot.

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    • @and12589 When was your opinion worth a flying fuck?

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  • Fuck the Falklands we stole it.. Put yourself in there shoes would you be happy if someone claimed your homeland? I'm against it give it back it's nothing but a headache and costs the tax payer more than its worth..

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