Falkland Islands warning: Argentina issues threat to Britain over military exercises
Buenos Aires told the UK it had “violated” its rights and called for a “peaceful solution” to the dispute over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Island, despite plotting to wrestle back control of the archipelago. In a strongly-worded statement, the Foreign Ministry read: "Argentina rejects in the strongest terms the carrying out of these naval, aerial and military manoeuvres in Argentine territory illegitimately occupied by the United Kingdom, which constitutes an unjustified demonstration of force.”
Text, entitled 'Energetic Protest of Argentina', says Britain carried out military exercises in July, which involved "the patrol ship HMS Forth, the British Infantry Company A and the A400M aircraft together with the Typhoons of the RAF 1435 Flight, which are part of the UK's illegal occupation military deployment in the Malvinas Islands”.
Daniel Filmus, secretary of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands, claimed "the British exercises violate all the recommendations approved by the United Nations and by the agreements of the South Atlantic countries."
He added: "Argentina reiterates the call to the United Kingdom not to carry out military actions in the region and to resume diplomatic negotiations for sovereignty in the islands under the conditions established by UN resolution 2065.”
The Argentine government warned it will continue "maintaining its rejection of the British military presence in the South Atlantic, struggling for international support.
“Under the premise that this presence is contrary to the region's policy of adherence to the search for a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute."
Argentina’s demands come despite Britain claiming it 187 years ago - and winning a war over the territory in 1982.
The two historic foes have been embroiled in a long-running diplomatic spat over the islands, which have been under British control since 1833.
Argentina's 1982 invasion sparked a war which left around 650 Argentine soldiers and 255 British dead.
It ended with the surrender of the Argentine troops a few weeks later.
Argentine forces invaded the Falklands – known in Spanish as Islas Malvinas – and so Margaret Thatcher led the British military to defend the British Overseas Territory.
Britain won, but tensions have remained over the Island’s sovereignty ever since.
Since Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, Buenos Aires has tried to steer the lead in the remote British Overseas Territory by the back door.
In 2013, a referendum asking whether the Falkland islanders supported the continuation of their status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom prompted an almost unanimous response from the island's inhabitants.
On a turnout of 92 percent, an overwhelming 99.8 percent voted to remain a British territory, with only three votes against.