19-Jan-12 World View: Accusations Of 'Colonialism' On 30th Anniversary Of Falklands/Malvinas War

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Tensions rise on 30th anniversary of Falklands/Malvinas war

Falkland/Malvinas Islands
Falkland/Malvinas Islands

In 1982, Britain won a brief war against Argentina over the Falkland Islands, a former British colony, called the Malvinas Islands by Argentina, who claim the islands as their sovereign territory. Now, 30 years later, tensions are growing again, especially because both sides have been exploring for oil. On Wednesday, Britain’s prime minister David Cameron said that all military defenses were in order in the Falklands, and:

“The key point is we support the Falkland Islanders’ right to self-determination, and what the Argentinians have been saying recently, I would argue is actually far more like colonialism because these people want to remain British and the Argentinians want them to do something else.

I’m determined we should make sure that our defenses and everything else is in order, which is why the National Security Council discussed this issue yesterday.

The absolutely vital point is that we are clear that the future of the Falkland Islands is a matter for the people themselves, and as long as they want to remain part of the United Kingdom and be British they should be able to do so.”

Argentina’s acting President Amado Boudou called Cameron’s remarks “an ignorant and dumb outburst of historical reality,” and added:

Everybody knows how the United Kingdom acted with colonialism. There are signals and consequences in every continent of what colonialism did to those people, the subjugation, and it saddens us to listen to this fallacy and outburst.

This is a strange outburst that falls outside any reasonable analysis.”

The Falkland/Malvinas Islands are located in the south Atlantic over 400 nautical miles from Argentina, a British protectorate since early 1800’s. Argentina has repeatedly claimed sovereignty over the islands. Last December, President Cristina Kirchner accused Britain of “taking Argentine resources” and ignoring UN resolutions as she called for renewed talks about the future of the archipelago. London Telegraph and Buenos Aires Herald