Falkland Island's British Residents Are 'Illegal Squatters' Says Argentinian President, Cristina Kirchner

Argentina's president Cristina Kirchner, has once again been rattling her sabre, this time by equating Falkland Islanders with squatters.

In the wake of a referendum in which all but three of the islanders voted to remain British, she said the vote was as if "a bunch of squatters were to vote on whether or not to keep occupying a building illegally."

Speaking on Tuesday, Kirchner mocked the popular vote, insisting the result changed nothing from a legal perspective.

Of the Falkland Island's approximate 1,650 eligible voters, 92% turned out to vote of which 99.8% voted to remain British.

David Cameron said the result should "send a clear message" to Argentina.

He added: "It is the clearest possible result there could be.

"The Falkland Islands may be thousands of miles away but they are British through and through and that is how they want to


"People should know we will always be there to defend them."

Argentina, which refers to the islands as "Islas Malvinas", claims they are Argentinian territory forcibly taken by Britain over 180 years ago.

Argentinian Senator Daniel Filmus described the vote as a "publicity stunt".

He said: "We must denounce this trickery that pretends to represent the popular participation of an implanted population."

"This publicity stunt has no validity for international law."

Many see Argentina's constant focus on the Falkland's issue an attempt to distract the country's population from the poor economic record of the government.