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Argentina condemns British ‘militarization’ of Falklands

Pat McMahon Contributor
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BUENOS AIRES/LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Argentina’s president accused Britain of “militarizing the South Atlantic” and said she would to complain to the United Nations, as tension rises ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.

Britain, which rejected the accusation, went to war with Argentina over the British-ruled Falkland Islands in 1982. London has refused to start talks on sovereignty with Argentina unless the roughly 3,000 islanders want them.

“They’re militarizing the South Atlantic once again,” President Cristina Fernandez said in a speech on Tuesday at the presidential palace, criticising the deployment of British destroyer HMS Dauntless in the area in the coming months.

“If there’s one thing we’re going to preserve, besides our natural resources, is a region where peace prevails,” she said, adding that the Foreign Ministry would present a formal complaint to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly.

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