UK reasserts sovereignty over Falklands, Argentina wants talks

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The UK reasserts sovereignty over Falkland Islands, Argentina wants talks

Since the 1982 war between the United Kingdom and Argentina, several areas of the Falkland Islands are still mined. (File photo)

The UK has reasserted sovereignty over the Falkland Islands – also known as the Falkland Islands – after Argentina pulled out of a co-operation agreement and demanded new talks over the territory of the United Kingdom. x27;South Atlantic which sparked a war between the two countries in 1982.

The statement came after the Argentine Foreign Minister , Santiago Cafiero, had said on Twitter on Thursday that he informed the British Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, of his country's decision when the two men met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in India last week. last.

“The Falkland Islands are British. The islanders have the right to decide their own future: they have chosen to remain a self-governing British Overseas Territory.

—James Cleverly, British Foreign Secretary

Earlier, Mr. Cafiero had indicated that he had told Mr. Cleverly that Argentina had decided to withdraw from a 2016 agreement in which the two countries pledged to work together on a variety of issues.

James Cleverly is the British Foreign Minister. (File photo)

While this agreement aimed to improve cooperation in the South Atlantic, both sides continued to assert their claims to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands , known as Islas Malvinas in Argentina.

The Argentine minister also indicated that he was proposing new talks, in line with a 1965 UN General Assembly resolution that encouraged the UK and Argentina to find a peaceful solution to the dispute. dispute over these islands.

Argentina has long claimed sovereignty over these islands, which lie about 480 kilometers from South America and have some 3500 residents.

An explosion on the British frigate HMS Antelope during the Falklands War in 1982. (File photo)

Argentina claims the islands were illegally taken from it in 1833. The United Kingdom, which claims its territorial claim dates back to 1765, sent a warship to the islands in 1833 to expel Argentine forces who had sought to establish sovereignty over the territory.

Argentina invaded the islands in 1982, sparking a two-month war that claimed the lives of 255 British soldiers, three islanders and 649 Argentines. Argentine forces were eventually expelled and the UK reasserted control.

In 2013, residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of keeping a territory of UK Overseas.

David Rutley, Britain's Minister for the Americas, expressed his disappointment with Argentina's decision.

Argentina has chosen to withdraw from a deal that brought comfort to the families of those who died in the 1982 conflict, Rutley, who spoke on Twitter, said on Twitter. #x27;recently traveled to Buenos Aires. Argentina, the United Kingdom and the Falklands have all benefited from this agreement.

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