June 12th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Falkland Islands will vote on political status

The Falkland Islands government on Tuesday announced that the British territory will hold a referendum on its political status.

The vote is intended to affirm islanders' desire to remain a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom and to reject claims of ownership by nearby Argentina.

The Argentine government in recent months has stepped up its rhetoric over the disputed islands, saying that the U.K. is exploiting its resources. The British defeated Argentina in a 1982 war over the territory.

"We have thought carefully about how to convey a strong message to the outside world that expresses the views of the Falklands people in a clear, democratic and incontestable way," said Gavin Short, chairman of the Falklands legislative assembly.

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  1. mickey1313

    The British stole F I the same way America stole Hawaii. It is against un law. But if they way British rule that's there choice. Hawaii is still working to regain independence

    June 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon G

      No one lived on the islands before the Brits came. The People and farmers that live on the F.I have been there for 10 generations. They built their houses, farmed the land and made life.

      June 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The colonization of Salvinas by the British commenced in 1833 . Over the years the local population was almost replaced by the British.
    I have doubts that the referendum would tilt in Argentina's favor.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Germanicus

      "The colonization of Salvinas by the British commenced in 1833 . Over the years the local population was almost replaced by the British."

      This statement is completely false. The British were the first humans on the islands in 1690. There weren't even native Americans there when they arrived. The first Permanent British settlement was 1764. Almost 80 years before Argentins illegally invaded. The Argentines were then kicked out 2 months later. No Argentines were EVER born there. The islands were always British.

      June 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon G

      What local population are you talking about. No one had previously lived on the Islands.

      June 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I do believe the people of the FI will make their wishes clear through this referendum.
    It doesn't matter what the countries involed wish, ot what WE deem to be right and wrong; it doesn't affect us, only them.
    I would hope that whichever way the people of the FI decides will be honored by the countries that are causing this dessent.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |

    What. is meant by UN law.
    Where in its charter did the nations of world surrender their individual sovereignty to. that body,
    Why is it that the only nation allowed by US to be a power in the Americas is UK?
    The US under the Moneoe Doctrine should be final arbiter and under that doctrine we have as much right to determine FI's destiny.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Well if what Argentina says is even true by that logic the USA should be given back to the native Americans and Australia back to the aborigines, they are much better examples than the Falklands anyway since before colonization no one lived there.

    June 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GW

    The Falklands has been out of the news for a while until black gold, oil, was discovered last year. So the lady from Argentina starts voicing the claims for the islands again. I think Argentina want the islands back for economic reason, fishing and oil, and not for the good of the islander. Maybe after 10 generations the islanders don’t want to be Argentinian. Let then decide but I don’t think the Argentinian government would like the outcome of the vote.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Naima

    I love vancouver since my best fnierd lives there. Its soo fun to shop there and i love the weather.

    August 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |