Wed May 8, 2013 3:44PM
British queen Elizabeth II threatens Argentina over the Malvinas Islands and Spain over Gibraltar warning that London remains determined to protect the disputed islands. The queen delivered a defiant message to Argentina and Spain on Wednesday that Britain will defend the right of Falkland Islanders and Gibraltarians to determine the territories’ future. Tensions over the South Atlantic islands have risen in recent years. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, and Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner renewed her country’s claims to the Islands. The dispute over Gibraltar has also flared up in the last year with local fishing rows and “unlawful incursions” by Spanish police and naval boats into British Gibraltar territorial waters, British media reported. However, the queen pledged in her policy speech that the UK government would stick to what she called as “the Overseas Territories”. “My government will ensure the security, good governance and development of the Overseas Territories, including by protecting the Falkland Islanders’ and Gibraltarians’ right to determine their political futures,” she said. MOL/HE