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Argentina urges Britain to return Falklands Islands

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Argentina urges Britain to return Falklands Islands


The Argentine President has repeated his vow to win back the Falklands Islands peacefully. Nestor Kirchner’s comments came as British veterans paraded for the 25th annual celebration of the islands’ liberation from an Argentine invasion. Most Argentines still feel the islands they call the Malvinas belong to them and many admit the military government made a big mistake.

But Preident Kirchner told a crowd outside Buenos Aires that Britain “only won the war because it was a world power,” however reason and justice demands the islands be returned for peace, he added.

In recent years Argentina has tried to put pressure on Britain through international bodies, asking for bilateral talks on sovereignty of the islands, but Britain has refused. The war killed 649 Argentines and 255 British troops and left 2,000 injured. It ended with Argentina’s surrender, ten weeks after invading the islands.

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