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article imageCameron blames Argentina of ‘colonialism’ over Falkland/Malvinas

By Igor I. Solar     Jan 18, 2012 in World
London - British Prime Minister David Cameron accused Argentina of "colonialism" because of its insistence on reclaiming the Falkland/Malvinas and announced that he had convened the National Security Council of his country to address the situation of the islands.
Cameron told MPs during question and answer period in the House of Commons that his government would "protect the population of the islands, and let them decide their future."
"I would say that what Argentines have been saying recently is much more colonialism because these people (the Falkland residents) want to remain British and Argentina wants them to do something else," said Cameron, according to The Telegraph.
Argentina's foreign minister Héctor Timerman deplored Mr. Cameron’s statement and declared: "Instead of convening its National Security Council, Great Britain should call Ban Ki-moon and accept the multiple resolutions of the [UN] organisation urging a dialogue on the Malvinas question to reach a peaceful solution.” Florencio Randazzo, Argentina’s interior minister called the “colonialism” comment as “absolutely offensive”, reports Argentina's La Nación (in Spanish)
Argentina claims sovereignty of the Falklands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands since 1833, the time when the South Atlantic Islands were occupied by Britain.
Ten days ago, Cameron had already indicated his negative to conduct negotiations with the government of Cristina Kirchner on the sovereignty of the Falklands and said his country must always maintain "vigilance" on the islands, in a reference to the decision by several Latin American countries to block access of Falkland’s flag vessels to their ports.
At a summit last December in Montevideo, the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) agreed to block access to their ports of ships flying the flag of the Falklands. Chile, Brazil and Uruguay had not expressed support for the Bristish position as previously claimed by British Foreign Minister, William Hague.
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the war between the two countries for the possession of the Falkland Islands after the Argentine military occupied the islands on April 2, 1982. The armed conflict ended on June 14 with Argentina's surrender. 255 British soldiers and more than 650 Argentines were killed in the war.
Next month, Prince William, second in line of succession to the British throne, will travel to the Falklands to take part in training as a rescue helicopter pilot.
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