Argentina reaffirms claim of sovereignty over Falklands-Malvinas

Argentina reaffirms claim of sovereignty over Falklands-Malvinas

Argentina is set to reaffirm its claim of sovereignty over the Falklands on Friday as it marks the 200th anniversary of the first occasion its flag was flown over the islands it calls the Malvinas.

The move follows a Bill presented in the Argentinian parliament by congresswoman Beatriz Avila last month which proposed marking November 6 as a “non-holiday national day” to commemorate the event.

Ms Avila said that “500 years after the discovery of the Malvinas Islands, it is a milestone between the historical and legal antecedents that sustain the sovereign rights of Argentina to the islands.”

Secretary for the Foreign Ministry for Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic Daniel Filmus said: “The commemoration takes place in a context in which the government of [President] Alberto Fernandez has decided to place at the centre of its agenda the claim for the recovery of sovereignty in the Islands.”

He said that the natural resources around the islands, including large oil reserves discovered in 1998, “belong to 14 million Argentinians.”

Sovereignty over the islands, which lie around 300 miles off the Argentinian coast, has never been conceded by Buenos Aires.

Britain took control of the archipelago in 1833 and went to war in 1982 to expel Argentinian troops who had landed there.

In a speech to the UN in September, Mr Fernandez claimed that the islands were “illegally occupied by Britain” and hit out at its “excessive and unjustified military presence” there.

He has accused Britain of constantly ignoring UN resolutions which call for renewed negotiations over sovereignty.

The national flag will be raised across Argentina at 11.30am local time in a demonstration aimed at reaffirming to the world the country’s claim of soveignty over the islands.

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