Argentina and UK talk tough on Falklands anniversary

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Poignant memories marked ceremonies on the Falkland Islands, 30 years since the end of the brief but bitter war over their sovereignty.

Yet three decades after British forces expelled invading Argentine troops, Buenos Aires still lays claim to the archipelago, known in Spanish as Las Malvinas.

Argentina’s President took her diplomatic offensive to the UN, demanding the UK enter negotiations over its self-governing overseas territory in the South Atlantic.

“How can it be part of British territory when it’s 14,000 miles away?” Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner asked the UN’s decolonisation committee.

However Prime Minister David Cameron is having none of it, as he made clear in a speech in London marking the British victory.

“There will be absolutely no negotiation,” he told an audience, including British veterans of the two-month war. Cameron received warm applause.

“Do not underestimate our resolve,” he went on. “Threats will not work. Attempts to intimidate the islanders will not succeed.”

Ahead of a referendum, probably next year, in which islanders are set to reaffirm their loyalty to Britain, Argentine war veterans want action from their own government. They gathered in Buenos Aires to demand recognition as ex-combatants in the Falkands conflict.