During Question Time in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said; “ The key point is that we support the Falkland Islander’s right to self-determination, and what the Argentinians have been saying recently, I would argue, is actually far more like colonialism because these people want to remain British, and the Argentines want them to be something else… we are clear that the future of the Falkland Islands is a matter for the people themselves, and as long as they want to remain part of the United Kingdom, they should be able to do so.”
Tory MP Andrew Rosindell branded Argentina’s actions, “wholly deplorable” and urged Mr Cameron to “remind Argentina they lost the Falklands War “.
David Cameron reassured MP’s, adding; “I’m determined we should make sure that our defences and everything else is in order, which is why the National Security Council discussed this issue yesterday.”
President Cristina Kirchner has accused Britain of stealing Argentina’s resources in the South Atlantic and ignoring United Nations Resolutions. Oil exploration around the archipelago has recently had a lift following the discovery of an oil field with commercial quantities of oil. Rockhopper Exploration is now looking for a partner to finance future development. There have not been any UN Resolutions on the issue of the Falkland Islands since 1988, prior to the re-establishment of diplomatic relations following the 1982 Falklands War.
Speaking later, a source close to the Prime Minister said: “There has been quite a lot of rhetoric going on from Argentina and the Prime Minister is keen to show how important the protection of the Falklanders and their self-determination is to him.”