Sunday, January 8, 2012

Argentina renews claim on Malvinas

The UK occupied Malvinas Islands on January 3, 1833.

Source: Press TV

On the 179 anniversary of the British occupation of the Malvinas islands, Argentina's Foreign Ministry has once again underscored the Latin American country's sovereignty over the archipelago.

“On January 1833, the Malvinas Islands were occupied by British forces that evicted the Argentine authorities and inhabitants that were legitimately living there,” Argentina's Foreign Ministry stated in a communiqué.

Following the eviction of Argentine people, British citizens were migrated to the islands.

Britain and Argentina fought a devastating 74-day war in 1982 on the islands that ended with Argentine forces withdrawing from the archipelago.

During the clash, 649 Argentine forces, 255 British troops, and 3 civilians, caught in the crossfire, lost their lives.

Britain illegally occupied the islands, located 250 nautical miles off Argentinean coasts, in 1833.

“This illegitimate action is being increased by the presence of a military base established in the South Atlantic,” the statement said.

The communiqué added that the “region has unanimously rejected the military presence of the British in the South Atlantic and has showed its concern over the unilateral activities.”

Argentina's Foreign Ministry called for the resumption of negotiations with the UK to find a solution to the dispute and end “an anachronistic situation, incompatible with the evolution of the current post colonial world.”

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