Falklands 'belongs to Argentina' - DEMAND for UK's return to talks after sovereignty claim

Falklands 'belongs to Argentina' - DEMAND for UK's return to talks after sovereignty claim

ARGENTINA has demanded the UK return to the negotiating table to "peacefully resolve" the sovereignty of the Falklands Islands.

Argentine secretary of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, Daniel Filmus, has demanded the UK should listen "to the claim of the international community and resumes dialogue to peacefully resolve". On Sunday Mr Filmus released a statement that said: "Today more than ever it is necessary for the United Kingdom to listen to the demands of the international community. We want the UK to resume dialogue to peacefully resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas Islands.

"We also want them to comply with resolution 2065 of the United Nations General Assembly."

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2065 was adopted on December 16, 1965.

Mr Filmus said: "The call of the international community regarding the need to carry out bilateral negotiations between the United Kingdom and Argentina to find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute taking into account the interests of the inhabitants of the islands was expressed 55 years ago, without no vote against, in resolution 2065 of the United Nations General Assembly."

It recognised the existence of a sovereignty dispute between United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

The Argentine statement claimed in 1833 British forces illegally occupied the Falkland Islands.

Argentina further argued the British had evicted the original population that the Argentine authorities established there legitimately.

The statement by Mr Filmus added: "The Malvinas cause and the defence of the enormous natural resources of the surrounding maritime spaces have once again become state policy.

"The national congress unanimously approved the laws promoted by President Alberto Fernández to establish the outer limit of the continental shelf, the increase in fines for illegal fishing, and the creation of the national advisory council on matters relating to the Malvinas Islands.

"This is made up of the majority of political forces that are already working on medium and long-term policy proposals.

Mr Filmus then went on to assure that "the recovery of the effective exercise of national sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces, in accordance with international law and respecting the way of life of its inhabitants, is a permanent and inalienable objective of the Argentine people.

"It is embodied in our National Constitution."

Argentina has claimed it is the legitimate heir to the "continental, insular and maritime territories that had belonged to Spain".

The Falklands were abandoned for many years in the early 1800s.

In 1820 a ship from the United Provinces of the River Plate, a newly formed nation soon to become Argentina landed and claimed the islands.

On January 3 1833 British naval captain James Onslow landed on the Falklands and reclaimed them for Britain.

It was not until 1982 that sovereignty was challenged when Argentina invaded which resulted in the Falklands War.

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