Argentina's President Demands Talks Over Sovereignty
|In an escalating situation Argentina's President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has demanded that Britain enter negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
Addressing the UN Committee on Decolonisation on the 30th anniversary of the UK territory's liberation from Argentine occupation, President Fernandez said history and geography backed Argentina's claim. But an islander told the committee Argentina was "bullying".
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said there would be "no negotiation".
Earlier on Thursday, the Falklands marked the end of Argentina's 74-day 1982 occupation with a service at Port Stanley's Christ Church cathedral.
Veterans of the war then led a military parade to the Liberation Monument for an act of remembrance, paying tribute to the 255 UK servicemen and three Falklands civilians who died in the war.
An estimated 650 Argentines were also killed during the conflict.
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President Fernandez said during her address that the Malvinas - as Argentina refers to the islands - formed part of the South American continental plate.
"How can it be claimed that, 14,000 kilometres away [8,700 miles], that it can be part of the British territory?" she asked.
"The UK is benefiting from its privileged position as a permanent member of the security council of the United Nations," she said.
"The issue of the Malvinas is a challenge to see whether or not we are capable of overcoming prejudice and cliches that are outdated, because the world has changed and there are new players."
President Fernandez said Argentina was "just asking to talk" about the islands' sovereignty and the fact they were still under British rule was "an affront to the world which we all dream of".
In a speech at the Falkland Islands Government reception on Thursday evening, David Cameron spoke of "aggression from over the water".
"My message to the government of Argentina is this: the UK has no aggressive intentions towards you.
"Accusations of militarisation and nuclear threats are hyperbole and propaganda.
"But do not under-estimate our resolve," he added.
"Threats will not work, attempts to intimidate the islanders will not succeed, because Britain stands ready and willing to stand up for the Falkland Islanders at any time.
"As long as they wish to remain a British territory, that is the way it will stay."
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