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Falkland Islanders To Vote On Status

Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:59 pm

In an effort to silence Argentinian voices regarding the status of the Islands, the Falkland Islands government has announced that it will be holding a referendum on the matter in the first half of 2013, with the British Government saying they will support any outcome of the vote.

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The Falkland Islands will hold a referendum on its "political status" in a bid to end the dispute with Argentina over the archipelago's sovereignty.

The islands' government made the announcement ahead of the anniversary marking 30 years since the end of Argentina's 74-day occupation in 1982.

It said it wanted to send a firm message to Argentina that islanders want to remain British.

The UK prime minister said Britain would support the result of the vote.

The referendum will be organised by the Falkland Islands government and will take place in the first half of next year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18412195

I'm guessing a "we want to stay British" result won't end this in the slightest...
 
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RE: Falkland Islanders To Vote On Status

Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:52 pm

I can see this being the most one sided vote in the history of elections, even North Korea has probably has a larger "no" vote.

Will it acheive anything, no, until Argentinian politicians stop using the Falklands as a convenient way of hiding their domestic failings this will keep cropping up every twenty years or so.
 
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RE: Falkland Islanders To Vote On Status

Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:23 am

Too bad those living in the Chagos Island in the 1970s were not afforded self-determination by the British.

(Yes, I belive the Falklanders have full rights to remain British. They are British by heritage anyway).

What I won't brook is the UK speaking about Argentina as if they had any moral standing. They don't. They evicted natives from islands in modern times, there is thus no credibility to the British positioning themselves as protecting self-determination.

However, that in this particular case is irrelevant. As far as I'm concerned the issue was settled in 1982. And only through force would it be resolved in the future.
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RE: Falkland Islanders To Vote On Status

Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:41 am

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
What I won't brook is the UK speaking about Argentina as if they had any moral standing. They don't. They evicted natives from islands in modern times, there is thus no credibility to the British positioning themselves as protecting self-determination.

I think many Britons would agree with you. Most of them want a referendum on EU membership and their government continues to deny them the opportunity.

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