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Daily Headline – 12/03/13

Falklands vote to remain British

Falkland Islands flagThe Falkland islanders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining British, only 3 people voted otherwise.

The UK government has told Argentina to take note of the outcome and respect the wishes of the islanders.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has said that the referendum and its outcome has no legal validity.

Do governments ever respect the wishes of the people? And with the outcome of the vote already a sure thing for the UK it does make one wonder what the UK would have done had the residents voted to be Argentine, would the UK have just said ok, no problem?

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Argentina ignores Falkland Islanders right to self-determination

By Leon J Williams

Falkland Islands flagArgentine arrogance knows no bounds as foreign minister Hector Timerman refused to meet representatives of the Falkland Islands.

The government of the Falkland Islands and their wishes have been completely ignored by Argentina.

Argentina is accusing the UK of continued colonialism saying that the islanders were transferred there and have no right to state the island as theirs.

A bit of history

Spain and Great Britain argues over the ownership of the islands in the early 1700s.
France established a naval base in 1764.
Unaware of the French base in the East Britain establishes a settlement in 1765.

At no point have the Falkland islands been Argentine.

Finally

It is possible that as Argentina was formally Spanish they feel there is a claim but such a weak argument would allow any former Spanish colony to make the same claim!

The progressive left feels that the islanders should be the ones who determine their future, not Argentina and not the UK.
If the islanders (as has been stated by themselves) want to remain part of the UK then that is their choice, no-one else’s!

A referendum on the Falkland Islands political status will be held in March 2013.