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. Mark

    Hmmm, if UK owns the Falklands as per all these comments, due to winning a war started by the loser, then surely the same applies to Israel.... Israel beat the Arabs in a war, hence the West Bank is not for the Palestinians to claim... or is Israel not subject to same rules as UK? hmmm, anti-semitism anyone cough cough

    May 15, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sune Svensson

    If treaties made during the first half of the 19th century are going to have any relevance today then we will have to move a lot of borders here in Europe. And, if I understand correctly, the same applies for South America. How about the borders of Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, you name it. Argentina should just forgot about this, they have more important problems to solve.

    May 15, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Young

      Most of these treaties have been superseded. In fact most were superseded after WWI or WWII. Most of the other boundaries not set in treaties at these times were either already in treaties or are disputed!

      May 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Republicans Are Stupid

    Haha, i heart remnants of the British empire.

    May 15, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jon

    It is inconceivable that the UK would give up the Falkland Islands. To much blood was spilt in 1982. The Islanders themselves are all of British descendancy and would never allow themselves to become Argentinian – any discussion on the subject would be treated with scorn and contempt. The discovery puts the nail in the coffin of any discussions with argentina..

    Anyway they are British...

    May 15, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. George

    Say and think what you want. The Falklands ARE British and will remain so. God I love the British Empire.

    May 15, 2010 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. SJW

    It's okay the Chinese and muslims like Ming and Salayem chiming in and going on about 'colonialism' but both of thee races/religions would take over the world in the bat of an eye if they could, converting and colonising. Heck, when have the Chinese ever admitted any of their own brutality and faults!

    May 15, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. britsoldier

    tere is no way that britain will ever give up the falklands. the people there are BRITISH and wish to remain so. I have a few friends serving in the falklands at the minute and tell me locals would never wish to be argentinian. As far as another war in theislands, DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT ARGIES. I know we're in stuck afghan but would hav no trouble sending a task force again as we're not bogged down with Northern Ireland anymore, and equipment far superior nowadays. LET IT GO! If the argies fancy another kicking we happily oblige. TRUE BRITS LIKE THE FALKLANDERS JUST WANT TO BE BRITISH.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. RossC

    The Argies forfeited any legitimacy to their claim when they invaded the Falkland Islands. There is no way that any Britain can abandon the Falkland Islanders to an alien culture and language.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. tony

    The Argies are lucky they wernt carpet bombed like Dreseden as revenge, Try it on again and we`ll see who comes out on top.. Its our oil now!! mwhahaha

    May 15, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. BuckBlack

    Freedom for Porto Rico!

    Yankees go home.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. MartinH

    The Islands are British. And any vote by the Islanders would reflect that.

    The Argentinians only want to divert attention away from their internal problems and the promise of possible Oil reserves.

    With the previous Labour Government in the UK under Brown they would have given in. The Tories are back now and will not give in to agressive posturing.

    Argentina risks its relationship with EU if it picks another fight.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. NeilHarris

    If in the future the citizens of the Falkland Islands they want to be governed by a comical banana republic, then so be it.

    The indigenous population should decide, in the normal civilised way.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. kai

    intrestingly didnt we have a treaty with the argies to share any resources we found in the area if they returned the favor which they then tore up 6 or 7 years ago? Bet thats looking really clever now.

    And as for the falklands themselves theyve been british for generations and they have always voted to remain british, so what is there even to talk about?

    May 15, 2010 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. JVukic

    Republicans Are Stupid Is Stupid

    May 15, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jimmeney

    Lol open to talk? its like letting the turks into the EU. open the flood gates and watch the crap flood in *cough* poland & romania... i think the UK has done enough talking. now the time comes to say "Im Sorry this is our land please go away" as if they are stupid enough to attack the great Empire again.BRING IT ON

    May 15, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
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