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Falkland Islands Votes to Remain Part of UK

By March 11, 2013

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Falkland Islands FlagMore than 99.7% of voters in the Falkland Islands voted in Sunday and Monday's referendum to maintain the status quo and remain part of the United Kingdom. There were 1,513 votes in favor of remaining part of the UK and a mere three votes against. Argentina claims the islands as Las Malvinas yet the residents seem to overwhelmingly wish to remain a British overseas territory.

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March 11, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(1) Zoe says:

Good choice mate

March 18, 2013 at 3:44 am
(2) Dr. Yehuda Kovesh says:

The Falklads is not Taiwan, nor HK or Macau. Argentines tend to forget that they took the land from the indians, decimating them. The wish of the Falklanders have to be respected.

March 18, 2013 at 5:01 am
(3) Surreyman says:

Following their thinking, and with far more justification, maybe Argentina should therefore also return their nation to Spain?

March 18, 2013 at 8:09 am
(4) gabriel says:

The referendum is not recognized by the UN. The UN said Britain and Argentina must negotiate, but the UK refuses, violating a UN’s mandate.

March 18, 2013 at 8:13 am
(5) gabriel says:

Britain invades other country’s territory, sends british nationals to populate it, and then ask them if they want to remain british…..and use this as an excuse to not negotiate the soverignity (negotiation required by the UN)

March 18, 2013 at 8:30 am
(6) prakash39 says:

A free and fair referendum is ultimate. UN can suggest negotiations between two countries only if its a case of one country acquiring a territory through aggression and the people of the concerned region do not want the rein of the aggressors.

March 18, 2013 at 9:49 am
(7) Dan says:

The islanders wish to remain British. Respect it. Enough blood has been spent already. 30 years on is not a reason for dragging the issues over the coals again by Argentina or the UK for that matter.

March 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm
(8) Ignacio says:

“While Amerindians from Patagonia could have visited the Falklands,[15] the islands were uninhabited when discovered by Europeans.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands

March 22, 2013 at 2:23 am
(9) Andy says:

The English have controlled the Falklands since January 1833. Now think about how the world’s boundaries have changed since then.

Should all political boundaries be subject to being redrawn on the basis of a 180 year old claim? There are thousands of claims to be made all over the world, for which much blood has been shed, more recent than that.

Would Argentina accept a redrawing of its boundaries, such as what occurred in the War of the Pacific or the War of the Triple Alliance? Should Buenos Aires be an independent state again?

Should Argentine descendents of Italians be returned to Italy? What Italian state would they return to? Italy was not even a unified country until 1861. The Argentine claim that the Falkland Islanders are living on Argentine soil is equivalent to a demand that the Argentinians return to Italy.

The Argentine claim is invalid not only because of it’s age, but also because in the spectrum of the last 180 years of history, it is ridiculous.

March 22, 2013 at 11:42 am
(10) Roscoe says:

Britain always engages in ethnic cleansing. They invade, kick out the original inhabitants and replace them with a british population. They’ve done this in the Falklands, Belize, Trinidad, Gibraltar… Hipocritically, they mention elections so the population decides “democratically” wheteher they wish to remain british. Of course they’re going to vote for britain, that’s the whole reason they were brought there in the first place!

April 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(11) Just Argentine says:

It’s absolutely ridiculous!! Mr Andy, the British were, are and always be invaders, and this referendum is not valid you know why? because people like me who live kilometres far from Malvinas, cannot even visit them! there are no flights or boats or nothing…
We lost many people fighting there, and we cannot even see their graves. What we feel is pain, it’s a part of us that was stolen and used for their benefit. Why do the British want them?? because they live there?? no!!! Because there’s a lot of oil beneath, that’s the whole business.

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