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Argentina Reasserts Claim to Falkland Islands


Argentina has issued a statement reasserting its claim to the British-controlled Falkland Islands.

The statement from the government came late Tuesday. It said it is incomprehensible that Britain refuses to discuss the islands, known in Argentina as "the Malvinas," despite urging by the United Nations to renew negotiations.

Wednesday is the anniversary of the day Britain took control of the islands from Argentina in 1833. The two countries fought a two-month war over the territory in 1982. The two governments re-established diplomatic relations in 1990.

Argentine president Nestor Kirchner made a similar statement last year, saying the nation's claim to the islands is a permanent objective and undeniable right of the Argentine people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.