David Cameron has pledged to defend the sovereignty and security of the Falkland Islands.
In a Christmas message to the islanders, the Prime Minister said the referendum earlier this year in which they voted by 1,513 to three in favour of remaining British ‘could not have sent a clearer message’.
The president of Argentina made calls last year for talks on the future of the islands.
Tensions were pushed further when the Royal Navy sent Portsmouth-based HMS Dauntless to the South Atlantic.
Mr Cameron said: ‘You can count on the British government’s continued support in countering the Argentine government’s campaign to claim the islands’ resources and inflict damage on your economy.
‘My message on this is clear: you have every right to explore your natural resources. The Argentine Government’s attempts to deter you from doing so will not succeed.
‘The British government will remain steadfast in its commitment to your sovereignty and security.
‘The Argentine government will never succeed in any attempt to misrepresent the history of your islands or question your right to self-determination.
‘Britain will always be ready to defend the Falkland Islands.’