Argentina in UN protest on British Falklands moves

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Argentina has lodged a protest at the United Nations against a British military build-up and exercises in the disputed Falkland Islands, the country's UN envoy Jorge Arguello announced Monday.

"We are going to request that the secretary general distribute among UN members a copy of the protest, to reflect this new violation of UN resolutions," Arguello told state news agency Telam.

Argentina's government on Saturday had decried as an "unacceptable provocation" British plans for military exercises on and around the islands, including what Buenos Aires described as missiles fired from the Falklands.

Argentina was taking the complaint to UN chief Ban Ki-moon to "alert him to the (British) missile exercises that are being planned," the diplomat told Argentina radio.

© 2010 AFP

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