Argentina’s claim to the Falklands a “fantasy” says Hague

10 Feb

In an interview with the Sun newspaper, the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has dismissed Argentina’s claims to the Falkland Islands as “fantasy.” William-Hague-1

Commenting on the recent visit by his Argentine counterpart, Hector Timerman, who held meetings in London, the Foreign Secretary added; “Britain is a country which supports the right of people to determine their own future. There should never be reward for bullying or threatening behaviour in international affairs – just as there never should be in our personal lives. To compare the islands to settlers in the West Bank, which is an occupied land, is absolutely ridiculous. I absolutely reject that comparison. There are families in the Falklands who are in their ninth generation. The Falklands have been there longer than Argentina has had its current boundaries or existed in its current form.”

Britain first claimed the South Atlantic archipelago in 1765 and the south seas whaling industry grew up around the Islands in the 1780’s. Spain maintained a small penal colony on East Falkland until 1811 but recognised British sovereignty in 1863. Argentina believes it inherited any Spanish rights when it broke free of the Spanish Crown in 1816. Britain has never given up its claim to sovereignty since 1765 and has ejected Argentine forces on two occasions – 1833 and 1982.

The Falkland Islanders are due to vote on their status in a referendum next month.

11 Responses to “Argentina’s claim to the Falklands a “fantasy” says Hague”

  1. Clematys February 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    “Self-determination” for the West Bankers! Are we to hear this statement from you, Mr Hague? Your malicious and duplicitous attitudes are failing miserably, and won’t solve any dispute, let alone improve Britain’s image in the World.

  2. Kai February 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    The UK backs a two state soloution and an end to all settlements.

    You plonker.

    • Clematys February 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      What about “self-determination” and all that talk about asking the people to decide their own future? Oh, I get it now… Israelis are not British, and only the British can claim British “self-determination”… In a way that’s very consistent with what happened to the Chagossians, another population who cannot claim British “self-determination”.

      • Mike February 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

        British arent claiming self determination .. the inhabitants of the islands are.

      • Mike February 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        it also makes me laugh that your for the Chagossians getting there islands back (which most people would agree with in the UK)
        but then you want to stop the Falklanders from the exact same thing

        … not forgetting Argentina is still persecuting the natural natives of its lands (that it took from Spain and other nieghbouring countires)

      • Clematys February 13, 2013 at 2:53 am #

        The inhabitants of the islands are British and they are living on a disputed piece of land.

      • lordton1955 February 13, 2013 at 3:48 am #

        There is no dispute. The British Government has “no doubt” about its sovereignty. Argentina has never proved its claim. It cannot!

      • Mike February 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

        So people that have lived in Argentina for 200 years are not Spanish but are Argentine

        People that have lived on the islands for 200 years are not Falklanders but are Brits?

        If the islanders were of Spanish decent would you not class them as Argentines by that statement?

        Im sure i read somewhere that gentic’s wise only just over half the Argentine population have indigenous genes in there make up/history and thats its only a very small amount meaning you are more closely related to Europe and its people than you are to Indigenous South Americans … just like the Islanders

  3. Kai February 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Keep on moving your arguement but it doesn’t alter the fact that all you ever seem to spout are bullet points,you name countries and make claims when it it obvious that you understand less than half what you type.

    You have been lied to for so long by your facist gov that all reality left the building years ago.Now I would usualy say that it isn’t your fault but the fact we are having a debate at all proves that it is pure self inflicted ignorance that you suffer from.

    The Falkland islanders wish to remain British up until the point where they can then choose to become indepenent & even then they will have total backing from London/UK.

    • Clematys February 13, 2013 at 2:52 am #

      2/3 ad hominem
      1/3 nonsense

      • lordton1955 February 13, 2013 at 3:48 am #

        From Alicia Castro ?? Of course.

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