Argentina pushes claim on Falklands at UN

6th August 2013, Comments 0 comments

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner renewed her country's demand for sovereignty over the British-ruled Falkland Islands at the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

"This is not a fanciful stance. We simply want the United Nations resolution to be enforced and for our two countries to sit down and discuss this," she said.

Argentina is currently chairing the Security Council, and Kirchner admitted it was controversial to raise the Falklands during a debate ostensibly about the United Nations' ties with regional bodies.

Britain is a permanent member of the Security Council and its ambassador, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, was in the chamber to hear Kirchner's speech.

In 1964 the United Nations passed a resolution urging Britain and Argentina to discuss the sovereignty of the islands, which Britain has ruled since 1833.

Argentina invaded the islands in April 1982, prompting Britain to send a task force of 100 ships to recapture them in a war in which 649 Argentine and 244 British troops died.

In March, Falkland Islanders voted 99.8 percent to remain a British territory. But Argentina rejected the vote as meaningless and Kirchner has repeatedly staked its claim.

© 2013 AFP

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