There’s “little doubt” the Falkland Islands are British, Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson has stated, after Argentina’s new president vowed to “get them again”.
He stated his authorities would “make each effort” to take the islands again “via diplomatic channels”.
However the prime minister’s official spokesperson stated: “The UK has little doubt in regards to the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.”
The Falkland Islands have been the topic of a bloody battle in 1982 after Argentine forces invaded and briefly occupied the territory.
The struggle claimed the lives of 255 British servicemen, three islanders and 649 Argentine personnel.
Mr Sunak’s spokesperson stated: “The UK authorities will proceed to proactively defend the Falkland islanders’ proper to self-determination.”
British ministers usually cite the outcomes of a 2013 referendum that noticed near 100% of voters on the islands, which has a inhabitants of about 3,500 folks, choose to stay a UK Abroad Territory.
The No 10 official stated Falklands rule was an “situation that was settled decisively a while in the past”.
New president pledges to get well islands ‘via diplomatic channels’
Mr Milei had reportedly stated throughout a TV election debate: “What do I suggest? Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands is non-negotiable. The Malvinas are Argentine.
“Now we’ve to see how we’re going to get them again. It’s clear that the struggle choice will not be an answer.
“We had a struggle – that we misplaced – and now we’ve to make each effort to get well the islands via diplomatic channels.”
In an interview with day by day newspaper La Nacion, Mr Milei proposed the UK hand over the Falklands to his South American nation in an identical method to how Hong Kong was given over to Chinese language rule in 1997.
The populist politician, a self-described anarcho-capitalist who has been in comparison with former US president Donald Trump, conceded that the views of these residing on the islands “can’t be ignored”.
‘Simple’ Falkland Islands are British
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps stated it’s “non-negotiable and plain” the Falkland Islands are British.
He tweeted: “99.8% of islanders voted to stay British and we are going to all the time defend their proper to self-determination and the UK’s sovereignty.”
Rejecting any negotiation on the way forward for the Falklands, Mr Shapps highlighted how Royal Navy ship HMS Forth had been despatched again to “defend the islands” within the southern hemisphere. It follows a nine-month stint by HMS Medway to patrol the distant location.
It comes after Mr Sunak criticised the EU for its “regrettable alternative of phrases” in July after it appeared to have endorsed the identify Argentina prefers.