British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his refusal to negotiate sovereignty of the Falkland/Malvinas islands in a speech to Parliament today. “As long as the Falkland Islands want to be sovereign British territory, they should continue to be sovereign British territory. Period. End of Story,” he said.
Cameron’s strong words come one day after the 29th anniversary of the end of the war. Regarding the state of the archipelago three decades after the war, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said yesterday, “We will never tire of raising our voices to demand the return of something we never should have lost…It’s ridiculous to hold sovereignty of something that’s 14,000 kilometres away.”
At the traditional 14th June Liberation Day speech yesterday, Falkland/Malvinas Islands government representative in London, Sukey Cameron, denounced what she described as Argentina’s campaign to “claim sovereignty” and “disrupt [the Falkland/Malvinas Islands] economy”. She added that the Falkland/Malvinas government will continue to work toward “self-determination and self-sufficiency”.
Last week, the Organization of American States (OAS) urged Argentina and the United Kingdom to negotiate “as soon as possible” to find a solution to the dispute over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. Tory congressman Andrew Rosindell asked the Prime Minister that on his next meeting with the United States—one of the 36 nations of the OAS—he remind Barack Obama that Britain will never accept negotiations with regards to the archipelago.