Cameron pledges to protect Falklands

2011-12-23 23:00
London - Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has slammed Argentina's attitude toward the Falkland Islands, saying the UK will never surrender sovereignty of the territory against the wishes of the islanders.

In his Christmas message to the islands, Cameron condemned the "unjustified and counterproductive" efforts by Argentina's government to disrupt shipping links to the Falklands.

Argentina has moved to ban Falklands-flagged ships from docking at key South American ports.

Britain has ruled the Falklands, which lie 460km east of Argentina's coast, for more than 180 years, but Argentina claims sovereignty over the islands, which it calls Las Malvinas.

The two countries fought a brief war over the islands in 1982.

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