USHUAIA, Argentina (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez marked the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war on Monday with sharp criticism of Britain for maintaining “colonial enclaves” and a renewed call for sovereignty talks.
Fernandez has intensified pressure on London to negotiate the sovereignty of the islands in the run-up to the anniversary of the 10-week war that Britain and Argentina fought over the remote South Atlantic archipelago in 1982.
Britain says it will agree to talks only if the 3,000 islanders want them – something they show no sign of doing – and British Prime Minister David Cameron stuck to that position on Monday.
While trying to build support for Argentina’s stance in Latin America and elsewhere, Fernandez’s government has also sought to disrupt oil exploration in the Falklands with legal threats and shipping curbs.
Addressing war veterans in the chilly Patagonian city of Ushuaia, Fernandez said it was “an injustice that in the 21st century colonial enclaves like the one we’ve got a few kilometers away continue to exist.”
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