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Argentina Opposes British Military Drills In Falklands

The Argentine government said they “reject the holding of these exercises in Argentine territory illegally occupied by the United Kingdom”.

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The Argentine Government has sent a formal protest to the British Embassy in Buenos Aires after the military announced it would hold exercises on the Falkland Islands.

The statement said the foreign ministry had “taken note” of the exercises that will run from 15-29 October and “rejects the holding of these exercises in Argentine territory illegally occupied by the United Kingdom”.

They furthermore urged the British Government to begin negotiations about the islands’ constitutional future.

The current Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, has placed less emphasis on the nation’s claim to the Falklands than his predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, but still maintains the islands are rightfully Argentine.

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Argentina has never renounced its claim to the islands it calls the 'Malvinas'.

After an encounter with Theresa May at the United Nations in 2016, Macri said he told the Prime Minister his government was “ready to start an open dialogue that includes, of course, the issue of the sovereignty of the Malvinas."

He alleged that May told him: "Yes… we should start to talk."

His remarks were however quickly dismissed by No 10:

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PM did not suggest she would be prepared to discuss the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands - the issue did not even come up in their brief discussion.”

The Argentine constitution was amended in 1994 to reaffirm national desire for “the recovery of [the Falklands] territories and the full exercise of sovereignty, respecting the way of life for its inhabitants and according to the principles of international law, constitute a permanent and unwavering goal of the Argentine people.”

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