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Argentina Accuses Britain of 'New Provocation' over Falklands

Argentina Accuses Britain of 'New Provocation' over Falklands


Argentina on Thursday accused Britain of carrying out military exercises near the Falkland Islands, saying it amounted to a “new provocation” in the long-running dispute over the rocky South Atlantic archipelago.

Although the islands have been ruled by Britain since 1833, Argentina claims them as their own and in 1982 attempted to seize control in a brief but bloody war that has tarnished ties between London and Buenos Aires ever since.

The maneuvers, the ministry added, were “an attempted demonstration of firepower,” made by British infantry forming “part of the permanent, illegal military occupation on the islands.”

In 1982, Argentine dictator General Leopoldo Galtieri invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands — known as the Malvinas in Spanish — in a war in which 649 Argentine and 244 British troops died.

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