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UK held parody of a referendum in Malvinas: Argentinean president
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Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:6AM
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Argentina and Britain fought a 74-day-long war in 1982 over the Malvinsa Islands, which ended with the British side claiming victory over the Argentineans.

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has called the recent UK-held plebiscite on the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands a parody of a referendum.


"What is important today is the United States' position about this kind of parody of a referendum," Fernandez said on Tuesday in Buenos Aires.

"The State Department spokeswoman said that they continue to recognize that there is a sovereignty dispute between Argentina and Britain," she stated, even though Washington is London's key ally.

British Prime Minister David Cameron had earlier said that London would always be ready to defend its settlers in the Malvinas, which are called the Falklands by Britain.

The British settlers voted in what the Argentinean government called an illegal referendum on Sunday and Monday, voting to remain part of Britain’s Overseas Territory.

Argentina says holding any such poll is not only illegal but also irrelevant as the UN General Assembly has not recognized the existence of a separate Falklands entity.

Argentina and Britain fought a 74-day-long war in 1982 over the islands, which ended with the British side claiming victory over the Argentineans.

Located about 300 miles off Argentina’s coast and home to about 3,000 inhabitants, the islands have been declared part of the British Overseas Territories since Britain established its colonial rule on the territories in 1833.

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