Memo from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to new British Prime Minister David Cameron: Congrats on your appointment, now can we discuss the Falklands?
Three days after Cameron was declared the new head of British government, Argentina's president has written him with a request for renewed talks over the disputed Falkland Islands, Argentina's official Telam news agency reported Friday.
Kirchner's letter expressed a "desire of the Argentine government to resume the delayed process of negotiation over the sovereignty" of the islands in accordance with U.N. resolutions, Telam said.
Kirchner also vented Argentine opposition to recent British oil drilling near the Falklands, which Argentina has always claimed to own.
Argentina "has rejected" Britain's recent "hydrocarbon exploration activities ... in a unilateral manner in the disputed area" of the islands, her letter said.
The islands sit off Argentina's coast but have been under British rule since 1833. Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, prompting a war in which more than 600 Argentinean and 255 British military personnel died.
Britain keeps a military presence on the islands, and the Falkland Islands government - representing a population of about 2,500 - says it remains committed to British sovereignty.
The dispute was rekindled in February after a British oil rig started drilling in the North Falkland Basin, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of the islands.
Referring to the drilling in her letter, Kirchner wrote that she hopes to have "the possibility to stop these actions in favor of fruitful cooperation," Telam reported.
Cameron was appointed prime minister Tuesday, after the resignation of Gordon Brown of the Labour Party. Cameron's Conservative Party has entered a coalition with the Liberal Democrats in hope of forming a majority government. No party received a majority in Britain's election last Thursday.