UN backs Argentina’s stance in Falklands Islands dispute

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ARGENTINA has received strong support from the United Nations after renewing its claim on the Falkland Islands, according to its embassy.

Argentinian foreign minister Hector Timerman told the UN’s Special Committee on Decolonisation in New York he regretted the ‘intransigence of the United Kingdom’ as he restated calls for London to enter negotiations over the sovereignty of the islands.

The committee backed a resolution, sponsored by Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, calling for a “peaceful and negotiated settlement”, Argentine officials said.

The president of Argentina made several 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.