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Falkland Islands: Cristina De Kirchner Reasserts Argentina's Claim Over Disputed Territory At UN

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Cristina Kirchner has renewed her country’s claim for sovereignty over the Falkland Islands at a Security Council meeting at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The Argentine president, whose country is currently chairing the Security Council in New York, used a debate about the UN’s regional ties to once again reassert Argentina’s claim over the disputed territory.

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The Argentine president chairing the UN Security Council

She said: "This is not a fanciful stance. We simply want the United Nations resolution to be enforced and for our two countries to sit down and discuss this."

Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the British ambassador to the UN, was in attendance to hear Kirchner’s latest plea.

The Falklands, which have been British sovereign territory since 1833, were invaded in 1982 by an Argentine military junta under the auspices of General Galtieri.

The British government under Margaret Thatcher sent a task force of 100 ships to recapture the islands. The Union flag was raised over Port Stanley 10 weeks later, but at the cost of 255 Britons and 600 Argentinians who perished in the conflict.

A March referendum, which boasted a near 100 per cent turnout, returned a vote 99 per cent in favour of the islands remaining under British rule.

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