Argentine president criticises Britain over Falklands

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ARGENTINA’S president has called Britain’s stance on the Falkland Islands ‘ridiculous and absurd’ in a speech to mark the 30th anniversary of her nation’s invasion of the archipelago.

Speaking at a memorial service for the 649 Argentine soldiers who died in the 74-day conflict in 1982, Cristina Fernandez Kirchner called for ‘justice’ and said: ‘We demand that they stop usurping our environment, our natural resources, our oil... for them to respect the territorial integrity of our country.’

Ms Fernandez called for dialogue with Britain over ‘Las Malvinas’ - the name Argentina calls the Falklands.

She said: ‘Every day that goes by it looks more ridiculous, more absurd to the eyes of the world.

‘It is unjust that in the 21st century there are still colonial enclaves such as the one we have here.’

But the president appeared to stress that she wanted to resolve the dispute by peaceful means.

She said: ‘Wars only bring pain. Wars subvert the natural order, which is children burying their parents. Wars only bring backwardness and hatred which is why we support peace...that’s why we call for justice so international law is implemented.’

The president criticised the UK for not abiding by the United Nations resolutions over colonialism.

However, the UK rejects this stance and maintains its administration of the islands is entirely legal. Prime Minister David Cameron and foreign office ministers have stressed it is up to the Falkland islanders to decide who they ruled by.

In a statement earlier, Mr Cameron said: ‘Britain remains staunchly committed to upholding the right of the Falkland Islanders, and of the Falkland Islanders alone, to determine their own future.

‘That was the fundamental principle that was at stake 30 years ago: and that is the principle which we solemnly re-affirm today.’