Argentina summons British ambassador over Falklands row

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Argentina has summoned Britain's ambassador over London's refusal to hold new talks over the disputed Falkland Islands, where Britain earlier this year began exploring for oil, a source told AFP Sunday.

"The ambassador has been called to meet on Monday," an Argentine foreign ministry source told AFP, referring to British ambassador Shan Morgan.

The meeting follows Britain's rejection of Argentina's efforts to reopen talks on the status of Falklands, located some 450 kilometers (280 miles) off Argentina's coast.

Argentina fought and lost a 1982 war with Britain over the remote island chain.

Argentina was outraged when British companies began search for oil in late February off the Falklands, which Buenos Aires calls "Las Malvinas."

President Cristina Kirchner called Tuesday for the reopening of negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

Britain refuses to hold talks over the status of the remote archipelago and has rebuffed a call by Kirchner to halt all oil exploration in the waters around the Falklands.

© 2010 AFP

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