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The Falkland Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean with a population of little over 2,400, has been a British Overseas Territory (the Islands run their own affairs, and only consult with Britain on foreign affairs and defence) for almost the last 180 years. Unfortunately, the Falklands have been a bone of contention between Britain and Argentina for just as long — and shows no sign of abating.
As the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches, we examine this alleged case of modern-day “colonialism”.
In the 1700s, France and Britain unknowingly claimed opposite sides of the island. Spain, which had colonial interests in South America, soon forced them out.
Britain, France, and Spain began negotiations, and the British got their bit back. But they soon withdrew to fight the American War of Independence.
Spain left in the 1800s too, when their South American colonies began to revolt. Newly-independent Argentina sent a representative to the Falklands.
In 1833, Britain and Argentina broke diplomatic relations over the Islands issue. The U.S. supported Britain, which re-asserted its claim over the islands.
In 1965, the UN passed a resolution to try and get Britain and Argentina to resolve the issue through peaceful negotiation.
In December 2011, the Mercosur countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile closed their ports to ships flying the Falklands flag to register their protest against Britain.
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