Argentinian president, Cristina Kirchner, has gained somewhat of a reputation for being a touch belligerent with the UK over the Falkland Islands.

Since coming to power in 2007, the 59-year-old, has had a rough ride overseeing a debt-ridden country at a time of worldwide recession.

A, dare we say it, "convenient" distraction to the problems of the country during her term has been the age-old rallying point of Argentinian patriotism, Las Malvinas.

Las Malvinas, or the Falkland Islands if you are a "colonialist" Briton, have repeatedly been the subject of a bit of classic Kirchner rhetoric.

But the Brits aren't the only ones who think perhaps Madam President is using international territorial claims to mask domestic economic woes...


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  • Kirchner's view of British sovereignty over Falkland Islands to UN Committee on Decolonisation.

  • In response to the deployment of HMS Dauntless. And Prince William.

  • A demand to David Cameron published in an open letter in the Guardian 3/1/2013

  • A demand to David Cameron published in an open letter in the Guardian 3/1/2013

  • An Argenetinian government source on Kirchner’s posturing over the Falkland Islands

  • Mario Menéndez, an Argentine Falklands War general

  • The writing on a letter Kirchner tried to hand Cameron at the G20 summit 20/06/2012 . Cameron refused it.

  • Downing Street's response

  • Argentine government advert showing Olympic athletes training on the Falkland islands.

  • A senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) source told The Sunday Times in June. Kirchner later snubbed the Olympic Games.