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War of words over Falkland Islands

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War of words over Falkland Islands


Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has arrived in Mexico where she is expected to ask the Rio group of Latin American and Caribbean leaders to condemn British oil exploration around the Falkland islands.

Buenos Aires has condemned the move as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has already voiced his support for Argentina.

“The English continue to threaten Argentina but times have changed, dear Queen,” he said. “This is not 1982 anymore. If Argentina is attacked, you can rest assured it will not be alone like it was before.”

A British rig is due to begin drilling for oil in the territorial waters of the Falklands, known in Argentina as the Malvinas.

Buenos Aires has promised to take “adequate measures” to stop any drilling and has imposed its own shipping restrictions around the islands.

Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982 before a UK task force seized back control in a short war.

Meanwhile the 3,000 strong community has responded to the row with typical defiance. Many householders are flying the union flag.

And, although Margaret Thatcher is no longer a political force to be reckoned with, the conflict the ‘Iron Lady’ sanctioned has not been forgotten.

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