A British tabloid has published a full page newspaper advert in Argentina, warning its president to keep her “hands off” the Falklands.
The Sun was responding to an open letter from Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in which she called for the islands to come under Argentine sovereignty.
A referendum on the islands’ status is to take place in March.
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that residents of the Falkland Islands must decide their own future.
The Sun’s message to Ms Kirchner – printed in English language paper, The Buenos Aires Herald – raises the issue of Argentina’s 1982 invasion of the islands.
It mentions the 649 Argentine and 255 British servicemen who lost their lives and says the invasion was in “direct conflict” with the UN principle of self-determination.
The ad in the paper – read by some 50,000 people – disputes Argentina’s claim to the islands and points out that British sovereignty dates back to 1765.
It concludes: “Until the people of the Falkland Islands choose to become Argentinian, they remain resolutely British.
“In the name of our millions of readers and to put it another way: ‘HANDS OFF!'”
Ms Kirchner’s open letter was published in The Guardian and Independent and called for the UK to give up the Falklands – known as The Malvinas in Argentina.
She urged Mr Cameron to abide by a 1965 UN resolution to “negotiate a solution” to the dispute.
But the PM told the leader that she should “listen” to the result of the March referendum.
And he vowed that Falklands residents would have his full backing if they choose to remain British.
“The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves, the people who live there,” he said.
“Whenever they have been asked their opinion, they say they want to maintain their current status with the United Kingdom.
“They’re holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognise it is for the Falkland Islanders to choose their future.
“As long as they choose to stay with the United Kingdom they have my 100% backing.”
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Article source: http://news.sky.com/story/1033203