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Argentina to protest 'militarization' of South Atlantic at UN

Argentina is slamming Prince William's deployment to the Falklands. Some Argentine veterans say the move is aggressive and arrogant, but most residents on the islands are preparing to welcome the Prince. ITN's Bill Neely reports.

Argentina’s government plans to lodge a complaint with the United Nations over “militarization” of the South Atlantic, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced on Tuesday.

"Malvinas is no longer an Argentine cause, it's now a Latin American cause, a global cause," Fernandez said, calling the Falkland Islands by the name they're known by in Argentina.

Fernandez said she wants peace with in the region and "democracy and sovereignty" in the islands, according to an English translation published by the Buenos Aires Herald.


 

Argentina’s planned complaint to the United Nations assembly was first reported on a Twitter post by the BBC.

Prince William flies first Falklands sortie for RAF stint

Fernandez also said she would sign a decree declassifying a secret military-era report about the 1982 Falklands War. A government panel will review the Rattenbach Report, which is said to outline mistakes made by the junta at the time of the bloody conflict. The panel will decide what can remain classified, she said.

Fernandez spoke before a diverse assembly of government and union leaders in a nationally televised address.

British diplomat: Argentina may block flights to Falklands

The announcement came as tension was resurfacing between Britain and Argentina over sovereignty of the British-ruled islands off the South American continent.

Britain has rankled Argentina on the 30th anniversary of a war by sending one of its most-advanced naval vessels, the HMS Dauntless destroyer, on a mission there. And on Saturday, Britain's Prince William took to the skies over the Falklands in his first sortie as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.

Argentina to UK: Prince arriving dressed as 'conquistador'

For its part, the Argentine government has been critical of British actions. The Argentine foreign minister called Prince Williams appearance in the Falklands, as if he was arriving as a “conquistador.”

On Tuesday, Argentina, which owns the rights to the country’s wildly popular first-division soccer league matches, named the upcoming season in honor a naval ship sunk by British torpedoes during the conflict.

During the 74-day Falkland war, 649 Argentines and 257 Britons died. The war humiliated the military government and paved the way for Argentina’s return to democracy.

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