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2:08am UK, Wednesday February 08, 2012
Argentina has vowed to formally complain to the United Nations about Britain sending one of its most modern warships to the Falkland Islands.
The country’s President Cristina Fernandez announced plans to go to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly as tensions escalate.
She declared: “We will present a complaint to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, as this militarisation poses a grave danger to international security.”
The sabre rattling between Britain and the Falklands is increasing ahead of the 30th anniversary of the war which broke out on April 2 1982.
The people of the Falkland islands are British out of choice. They are free to determine their own future and there will be no negotiations with Argentina on sovereignty unless the islanders wish it.
The Foreign Office
Argentine officials have become increasingly angry in recent weeks after the deployment of a British warship and Prince William’s arrival on the islands.
The second in line to the throne started a six-week mission with the Royal Air Force last week, in what Britain insists is a routine deployment.
But Argentina has slammed it as “provocation” and claimed William, 29, wears the “uniform of the conqueror”.
Ms Fernandex claimed Britain “is once again in the process of militarising the south Atlantic”.
“We cannot interpret in any other way the deployment of an ultra-modern destroyer accompanying the heir to the throne, who we would prefer to see in civilian attire.”
“We are people who have suffered too much violence in our country. We are not attracted to armed games, or wars, on the contrary. No land, no place can be a spoil of war. We do not believe in the spoils of war.”
She made clear her view that the British are occupying the Falklands, saying: “It is an anachronism that in the 21st Century that there are still colonies. There are only 16 cases [of colonisation] in the whole world, 10 of them are English.”
In a direct plea to Prime Minister David Cameron, she added: “I want to simply ask the English Prime Minister that he gives peace a chance, that some time he gives peace a chance.”
Anti-British feeling in Argentina has risen in recent weeks
Hundreds of protesters rallied near the government palace where the leader was speaking.
They waved Argentine flags and shouted: “Malvinas. They belong to us,” referring to the islands as they are known in Argentina.
The 74-day war during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership saw 255 British troops and 649 Argentinians lose their lives.
It was sparked when the ruling junta in Buenos Aires invaded the disputed islands in a bid to end British rule, which dated back to 1833.
Mr Cameron has insisted the islands will remain part of Britain as long as the inhabitants want it.
The Foreign Office said in a statement: “The people of the Falkland islands are British out of choice.
“They are free to determine their own future and there will be no negotiations with Argentina on sovereignty unless the islanders wish it.”