Argentina set on Falklands clash - UK

2012-02-29 18:23

London - Britain accused Argentina on Wednesday of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the disputed Falkland Islands after the country's industry minister called for a block on British imports.

"It is clearly very sad that Argentina continues with their policy of confrontation instead of co-operation," Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesperson told reporters.

"We think that is counter-productive and also a complete misreading of Britain's resolve on this issue.

"The UK is also a major investor in Argentina and we import goods from Argentina. It is not in Argentina's economic interest to put up barriers of this sort."

Argentine Industry Minister Debora Giorgi had urged firms importing British products to buy substitute goods elsewhere, a ministry source said on Tuesday.

Giorgi herself telephoned senior officials of Argentine and multinational importing companies, the source told government agency Telam.

Tensions have been building over the Falklands, which Britain controls but Argentina claims, ahead of the 30th anniversary in April of the start of the war over the islands in the South Atlantic.

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