Argentinean Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli has condemned the British-planned referendum on the Malvinas Islands as a “parody.”
Puricelli on Tuesday branded Britain’s plan to hold the plebiscite as a “parody that lacks creativity and imagination.”
“If you ask any English citizens if they’d like to continue being English or not they will most probably answer yes. So, as I see it, that referendum lacks any creativity,” he said.
Residents on the disputed Malvinas Islands will vote in a referendum in March 2013 on whether the islands should remain under British rule or become part of Argentina.
The Islands’ Executive Council said that the UK´s Electoral Commission will assist and provide guidance in the voting process “with developing the form of the question and the wording.”
“I really think that the intelligence of the English should have made them come up with something different and not this parody of a referendum, which undoubtedly will be saying yes. It’s the same if I ask the Argentines if they want to continue as Argentines, almost certainly we will have a 100% win,” Puricelli also said.
Buenos Aires says Britain brought British citizens to live on the islands after it expelled the Argentinean native population after it occupied the territories back in 1833.