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.

  • Peter - 2011-12-23 23:38

    The UN has a clear duty to abide by the expressed wish of the Falkland Islanders themselves - which is to remain British. Following the war of 1982, more than 95% of the 3,000 population continues to defend their status as a self-governing British possession - and their right to remain so.

      John - 2011-12-24 05:12

      @Peter, you are perfectly correct. The Falklands were given the status of self governance under British law and protection.

      John - 2011-12-24 06:39

      I think the underlying issue here is the fact that Argentina is on the bones of it's ar$e and the fact that oil is being drilled for by an English company, sets it on fire! Another point is how can it be ARG territorial water 250km from ARG?

      Andries - 2011-12-24 07:44

      250 km from Argentina mainland, so it is not Argentinian? How far from little Britain? Jirre, if they had their way even South Africa and the US would still have been British property. Get a life, Cameron - your little island can't even afford to look after the legal and illegal immigrants on your own soil, let alone the Spanish speaking "illegals" on the little British Falkland islands. And you do not even have Buccaneer strike aircraft to do a show of force anymore like the 1 minute flypast the last time.

      Kyle - 2011-12-24 20:41

      @Andries - Buccaneer are very old and have not been part of the British army for a long time.... Btw the Vulcan bomber was the first bomber to drop bombs on the Falkland’s.....right now both bombers are out of date and the British could wipe out the Argentineans from the face of the obviously have no clue about any of this..... get education....... you lack it!

      John - 2012-01-02 20:28

      Mr Cameron, please ALSO protect the interests of the ORIGINAL argentine islanders REMOVED by your Navy.

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