Here’s Why Britain And Argentina Are Fighting Over Those Tiny Falkland Islands

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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”.

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title=”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.”
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title=”Britain, France, and Spain began negotiations, and the British got their bit back. But they soon withdrew to fight the American War of Independence.”
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title=”Spain left in the 1800s too, when their South American colonies began to revolt. Newly-independent Argentina sent a representative to the Falklands.”
content=”Argentina claimed all rights over the Falklands (or ‘Las Malvinas’) that previously belonged to Spain. (Source)”
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title=”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.”
content=”Britain continued to administer the Falkland Islands until 1982. (Source)


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title=”In 1965, the UN passed a resolution to try and get Britain and Argentina to resolve the issue through peaceful negotiation.”
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title=”It didn’t work. Later, all hell broke loose.”
content=”On April 2, 1982, Argentina invaded the Islands and occupied them for 10 weeks before being defeated by the British on June 14, ‘Liberation Day’. (Source)”
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title=”700 Argentine and 255 British troops were killed, and many Argentines were captured as POWs.”
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title=”Diplomatic relations were finally restored in 1990.”
content=”The two countries signed a statement to ‘build confidence and reduce tension’ in 1999. (Source)”
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title=”The amity didn’t last long. In 2002, the UN called for renewed talks on the Falklands.”
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title=”The reason? Well here’s one idea — In 2010, British companies found oil off the Islands and began drilling. Argentina protested, calling it a “violation of their sovereignty”.”
content=”The Argentines were probably not happy at missing their chance to make millions. (Source)”
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title=”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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title=”Argentina continues to demand negotiations, David Cameron has called the attempts “colonialism”, saying the Falkland Islanders want to stay British. Argentina is naturally outraged.”
content=”Cameron has contingency plans to increase the number of troops on the Islands for the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War. (Source)”
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