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.
British officials said Wednesday they would not engage in talks with Argentina following President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's statement that her government would complain to the U.N. Security Council about militarization of the Falkland Islands, the BBC reported.
Last week, Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, was posted to the Falklands for six weeks as a Royal Air Force military search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. Britain has also sent a new military destroyer, the HMS Dauntless, to the South Atlantic off the Falklands, an archipelago nearly 300 miles off the mainland of South America. it is called Las Malvinas by Argentina.
According to the BBC, Fernandez told a group of Argentine government officials and veterans of the Falkland War on Tuesday that she believed Britain was “militarizing the South Atlantic one more time.”
Reuters reported that a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was not militarizing the South Atlantic and that the deployment of ships is “entirely routine.”
Tensions have been rising between the two countries as the 30th anniversary of the Falkland War approaches.
In 1982, Argentina, under the leadership of a military junta, launched a 10-week war with Britain over the country’s claim to the Falklands. At the time, the Security Council called on Argentina to withdraw its forces. Dispute over the island’s sovereignty dates back 180 years.
According to The New York Times, a spokesman for the British Foreign Office said, “The people of the Falkland Islands are British out of choice. They are free to determine their own future, and there will be no negotiations with Argentina on sovereignty unless the islanders wish it.”
Reuters contributed to this report.
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