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Cameron hits back over Falklands

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. Picture: Reuters/Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. Picture: Reuters/Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix

Published Feb 10, 2012

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Buenos Aires- British Prime Minister David Cameron hit back at Argentina on Thursday over its plans to protest to the UN against British “militarisation” of the Falklands, saying islanders would have London’s backing for as long as they wished to remain British.

Oil exploration by British companies off the islands has raised the stakes.

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Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez, who has accused Britain of “militarising the South Atlantic,” hardened her posture on Thursday after stories in the British press about a nuclear submarine being sent to the South Atlantic.

Fernandez said her government would make a presentation at the UN on Friday denouncing “the introduction of nuclear arms in the zone”.

London has refused to start talks on sovereignty with Argentina unless the roughly 3 000 islanders want it.

“As long as the people in the Falkland Islands want to maintain that status, we will make sure they do and we will defend the Falkland Islands properly to make sure that is the case,” Cameron said.

– Reuters

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