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Argentina Reaffirms Claim of Sovereignty Over Falklands


Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner has reaffirmed his country's claim to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

He made the comments at El Palomar air base on Sunday, where he spoke to military veterans on the 24th anniversary of Argentina's invasion of the remote South Atlantic islands.

Kirchner said the claim to the island group is a permanent objective and undeniable right of the Argentine people.

Argentina claims sovereignty over what it calls the Malvinas Islands, although Britain has occupied and administered them since 1833.

In 1982, Argentine forces invaded the Falklands but were defeated by the British in a two-month war. The two governments re-established diplomatic relations in 1990.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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