Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

British Rebuff Falklands Bid

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

British Rebuff Falklands Bid

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron rebuffed Thursday a call by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to hand over the Falkland Islands, 31 years after the two countries went to war over the South Atlantic archipelago.

"The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves, the people who live there," Mr. Cameron said. "They're holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognize it is for the Falkland Islanders to choose their future, and as long as they choose to stay with the United Kingdom they have my 100 percent backing."

The two countries went to war in 1982 after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. Tensions heightened last year, with Argentina protesting Britain's deployment of a modern warship to the region.

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