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Britain refuses Argentine's request to discuss Falklands

Latest update : 2009-03-28

Britain refused a fresh demand by Argentina for talks over the sovereignty of the disputed Falkland islands. The issue was raised at a meeting during a pre-G20 summit of centre-left leaders in Chile.

Britain on Saturday dismissed a fresh demand by Argentina for talks on sovereignty over the disputed Falkland Islands, a British official accompanying Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a meeting in Chile said.


Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Saturday asked British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown for negotiations on sovereignty of the
disputed Falkland Islands, a day after he said he would not
discuss the issue.


Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana told reporters
Fernandez raised the issue at a bilateral meeting during a
pre-G20 warm-up meeting of center-left leaders in the Chilean
coastal resort of Vina del Mar on Saturday.


"The president stated with great clarity and firmness the
need for the United Kingdom to do what the United Nations has
asked and to hold talks to find a solution to a sovereignty
conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the
Malvinas," Taiana said, referring to the Spanish name for the
islands in the South Atlantic.


Brown had said on Friday the sovereignty issue was not up
for discussion.


Britain seized back the islands in a 1982 war after they
were occupied by Argentine forces. Some 649 Argentines and 255
British troops died.


Date created : 2009-03-28