May 14th, 2010
09:37 PM ET

Argentine president to British PM: Can we talk Falklands?

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.

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  1. Juan Verdager

    PIRATES!!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Goodness, we should all hope the shameful Argies won't bloody their faces yet again .....

    May 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michelle

    oh good grief. this is like the British coming to us Americans and saying, "hey, i know you won the war and all, and your people have no desire AT ALL to fall under our rule, but let's talk. we want our land back!"

    ridiculous.

    you lost, argentina. it's time to get over it!

    May 15, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Euge Kayote

    Give the Falklands back to the Argentinians just like how you gave back HK to the Chinese. Britain's days of imperialism are over. Its time to right your wrongs.

    May 15, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Salzman

      We gave HK back to China because we had a 99 year lease signed in 1898. We gave it back in accordance with the treaty. We have no such treaty with anyone over the Falklands, and they were British possessions even before Argentina existed.

      May 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PMThor

    How about we put it to a vote? Let the people of the Falklands vote on who they want to be their government?

    What a novel idea.

    May 15, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan Bain

      the falkland islanders state on a regular basis that they want to be British...I suppose if Argentina wants to pay for a vote, the falkland islanders would gladfully take their money for the fun of it

      May 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lee

    The islands were uninhabited when the British colonized them. Most pro-Argentinian supporters just don't have a clue about the history and make completely false assumptions. The British need to keep rightfully ignoring Argentina on this.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yang Ming

    Argentina, come on! Kick those British asses again. Show them, who is the boss! Take your land back. The world supports you!

    May 15, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      actually, the world does NOT support them.

      as far as them kicking british rear ends, the argies got their butts KICKED last time, and will only face greater humiliation if they dare to try it again!

      May 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Salzman

      Again? When was the first time?

      May 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Manuel

    The Argentine President has more important things she should be focusing on such as: corruption, unemployment, inflation, high crime rate and poverty in her country! Argentina doesn't have the resources to fight never mind win a war. Did they not learn anything from 1982? Guess not!

    May 15, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Britincolo

    Oh right, get our asses kicked, like last time? Too funny! Maybe we ought to keep rolling next time and invade/occupy Argentina outright. The Argies were blissfully unaware of the Falkland's existence until 30 or 40 years ago, and only recently renewed interest because of the potential oil reserves, and their economy is totally in the crapper.
    Bring it on! We Brits love to annihilate right-wing totalitarians. (See A Hitler).

    May 15, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick

    I personal think that there sould be a talk or discusion on Falkland, it's clear that is Argentina so what are we or people looking for? See the map of Briatain and Argentia according to me, British sould respect them selves and Agentina as the owner of the land.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. J.

    Britincolo ....this is sad.
    British troops invaded Buenos Aires two times: 1805 and 1806. They were kicked out both times. Then in 1833 the invaded the islands kicking out the Argentine governor and garrison.
    Since then Argentina is rightfully claiming for the Islands. The fact that this happen long ago doesn´t make it legal. You just cannot leave the prize right? You just cannot change the pirate ways. Seriously.

    LAS MALVINAS ISLANDS ARE ARGENTINIANS.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • guirizano

      The Buenos Aires (Argentina did not exist in 1833) governor and garrison were kicked off in a police action after Britain had protested to Buenos Aires. Said governor and garrison were not supposed to be there, which is why they got booted off. Most of the civilians associated with this Buenos Aires group chose to remain there under British protection (a fact which is not taught to Argentine school children).

      As for Argentina protesting ever since 1833. This a load of rubbish and probably also taught to Argentine school children. The fact is after the UP signed the 1850 treaty with Britain the claim to the Falklands was dropped and not mentioned in messages to congress again until the time of that idiot Peron in the 1940s. That's about 90 years when the claim was not officially mentioned to the British government.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Johnathan

    The Argentinian claim to the Falklands rests solely on an assumption that, as the local Spanish-speaking population,they are heir to the segments of the world ceded to them (as opposed to the Portuguese) by a papal treaty hundreds of years ago. Frankly Spain has more cause to claim the islands than Argentina does. Argentina didn't even exist when the original treaty was made (and the Falklands weren't actually mentioned in said treaty; they were simply in the part of the world declared to be Spanish!!!!).

    Even if the treaty DID benefit Argentina (which frankly it doesn't!), there would have to be questions asked about whether a Papal treaty has any weight over a country which does not accept the authority of the Catholic Church (for example the United Kingdom). I cannot see how it could have any force.

    The only law that really matters here is current international law, and thankfully this is simple. The only permanent human occupants of the Falklands were and are British subjects, so any attempt to assert Argentinian control over the islands is simply aggression. It sounds nice and polite, but it's nothing more or less than a request by Argentina for something to be given to them that is not rightfully theirs in any way, shape or form.

    For the record, I'm not British, I'm Australian – so I'd be likely to go against the British if there were any possible grounds to do so.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Johnathan

    Oh, and J? You accuse the Brits of piracy. Who was it who invaded the Falklands in 1982?

    May 15, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marty

    This is like Mexico writing to Obama, and asking for Texas and Arizona back. Sorry Argentina, you started the war and you lost. No more discussions necessary.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. salayem

    Britain is colonist. Period.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
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