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. JVukic

    "intrestingly didnt [the Brits] have a treaty with the argies to share any resources found in the area if they returned the favor which they then tore up 6 or 7 years ago?"

    There was indeed a treaty

    "Bet thats looking really clever now."

    Yeah. Like a chump that drops out of a lottery syndicate then wants back in when they hit the big prize.

    They'll make a movie about this one day. A comedy 🙂

    May 15, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. rawan

    The brits think they can do anything just before they have power......Go back in history and see how many countries they have colonised..Did they own these lands? Then they
    manipulate and make things in their favour..another case.. the diego garcia taken from
    Mauritius and rented to USA. This shows how cruel the british are....If i had the chance
    i would kiss these brits ass and fuk their queen

    May 15, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • guirizano

      Thanks Rawan for reminding us of the Chagossians plight. The UK government would not dare to repeat that mistake in the Falkland Islands, you know, walking roughshod over the rights of the Islanders, like they did to the Chagossians... It seems Argentina would not mind doing this though, ignoring the Islander's rights to self determination. Funny how you point to the Chagossian example in support of the Argentines, very funny!

      May 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • C Sense

      Well Rawan, judging by that insult to the queen I can only suppose that you are probably some kind of ignorant lowlife. Please try and improve your grammer even if you can't improve your manners. In fact you really sound like some kind of "Wog" to me!. Do you know what Wog means, I think you do.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eddie2010

    Er no, we can't talk Falklands. What's next, Spain will want Gibraltar back, Wales will want to become independent, and Britain will want to seize the US? When you lose a war, you lose a war. Carrying on about it afterward makes you no better than those idiots in the middle east that are at each others' throats because someone's ancestor said something nasty to someone else's ancestor. It makes you the belligerent. Fernandez is an idiot, her government is corrupt, and they can barely run Argentina. Of course oil would temporarily help solve some problems – but it's not their oil.
    Of course anyone who knows Argentinians know that they believe they are god's gift to mankind, being the most cultured and sophisticated country in the world. The reality is they are a bunch of self-absorbed arrogant egomaniacs with no respect – nay, disdain for others. Of course they think the Falklands belong to them.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. JVukic

    "diego garcia taken from Mauritius and rented to USA "

    Leased from Mauritius as I understand it. But, for the most part, I have to say you're right about that one, rawan. The entire population was evicted by Britain at the request of the USA . It's a disgrace. And I admit this as a Brit.

    And I don't mind you kissing my 'ass' at all. I'm always willing to at least try to accommodate the practices of foreign nationals in order to foster the best possible relations (however disgusting they may be).

    I'd draw the line at allowing you to force yourself on Her Majesty though. I mean, she is getting on a bit. Is that really your kind of thing? Old ladies?

    May 15, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. JVukic

    If anyone is genuinely interested in the disgraceful Diego Garcia affair

    May 15, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. William

    Argentina will never, ever get those islands after what they did. I'd rather we lobbed one of our 'deterrents' in to Bunos Aires. Beside, those islands were never Argentina's to begin with.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Some facts

    Lets get some facts in here. Spain was awarded the falklands in 1493 when the world was split between Portugal and Spain. They didnt "claim" the island until 1713. France then claimed the island in 1764. Both were way behind the British who set up a colony in 1690. France and Spain both gave up thei claims on the island. And lets not forget that Argentina did not exist until 1816 making it the fourth country in a list of countries claiming the island. Legally Spain was awarded the island, however they have relinquished the island to the Brits and therefore it seems it is the correct and right rule of Britain.

    Having said that lets not forget that the Falkland islands are self ruled. And after the 1982 Falklands war they requested to stay under British rule.

    Lets get serious. Argentina only wants the island because of the oil. They dont give a damn about the people living their.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    The ignorance of some people is quite astounding. The Falklands are British and shall remain that way. By the logic of some of these morons, the Turks should give Turkey back to Greece and the United States government should dissolve and hand power to the Native American Tribal Chiefs.

    I live in South Africa and can tell you first hand that the "New World" received more benefits from colonisation and British Imperialism than handicaps. Yes, there were "crimes against humanity", but if you think the people who ruled these places preceding British occupation (the Shakas, et al) were all candy floss and bunny rabbits, you'd be sorely mistaken...

    Back Off.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fabrizziop

    This is plain BS. Argentina would lose the war if it tries to conquer Malvinas, BUT, if it teams out with Brazil and Venezuela(midly socialists) , the UK is gone

    May 15, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. James Robert Moore

    'Of course anyone who knows Argentinians know that they believe they are god's gift to mankind, being the most cultured and sophisticated country in the world.' Ha too right. Lionel Messi – 'We play the prettiest football, have the prettiest players'

    The argies will just have to realise that, just because the island lie adjacent to their country, it doesnt mean its theirs :(..We have to put up with Scotland,Wales and Ireland. So stop moaning over whats not yours, especially when the majority of its populace does not want to live under Argentinean (poverty) rule. As for their president pressing our new CONSERVATIVE THATCHERITE leader David Cameron...hehe goodluck!

    If we did agree with this idiotic President, almost every English person should just pack their bags and head off to German Saxony and hand the country over to Wales and Scotland.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. RedSox

    Regardless of History, the Falklanders consider themselves British. They wish to remain British and have as much right too as Argentinians have to speak Spanish and call themselves Argentinians.

    I understand the point about the geography of the situation. Argentinia and Britain used to have excellent relations. Argentinians fought in the RAF during WW2 for example. One of the larger minorities in Argentinia is Anglo-Argentinians, in parts of Patagonia they speak Welsh. Had Beunos Ares made sensible advances to Britain after WW2 , offered to protect the Falklanders, their rights and culture, then the war may never have happened, and the Falklanders out of practicality may have joined Argentinia.

    However from WW2 Argentinia has been racked with corruption, dictators, persecution and racism. Why would anyone want to cede their sovereignty to that?

    Now I may be wrong, but if the Falklanders hold British passports, that also makes them EU citizens. So surely Brussels also has a responsibility to these people, as much as they do any other set of Islands/territories that are a member of a EU nation state?

    May 15, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. HeebieJeebie

    Manhattan should be given back to the Indians. Louisianna should be given back to the French. Alaska should go back to the Russians. Texas should go back to the Mexicans. France should be given back to the Germans, and Franch should get part of Russia. Italy should be given back to the Vandals, but otherwise, the Italians should keep whatever they had during the Roman Empire. Afghanistan should be given back to the Taliban to make the world a nicer place.England should be given back to the Vikings. China should be given back to the Mongols. On a serious note, Palestine should go to the Hebrews, and Muslims in the Middle East should go back to being nomads.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Goldielover

    "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."

    This is a completely different issue. Britain LEASED Hong Kong from the Chinese in 1898 on a 99 year lease. The lease ran out in 1997 and it was returned to Chinese control as per the agreement.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. JVukic

    "This is plain BS. Argentina would lose the war if it tries to conquer Malvinas, BUT, if it teams out with Brazil and Venezuela(midly socialists) , the UK is gone"

    None of this makes any sense whatsoever. What does 'midly socialists' mean? What does socialism have to do with anything? What does 'teams out' mean? Why would Argentina 'team out' with Brazil and Venezuela – and, if they did, would that be good or bad. Where has the UK gone to?

    May 15, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Paolo

    Good Grief! These are the Falklan Islans and they belong to England. End Of Story. Move on. Argetina is just being ridiculous, stupid, ignorant and wants another bloody nose.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
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