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Cameron Snubs Argentina's Falklands Letter
David Cameron has refused to accept a letter about the Falkland Islands from Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the G20 summit in Mexico.
The pair came face to face during the first working session involving leaders of the 20 countries.
The Argentine lobby briefed reporters that Mr Cameron declined to talk to Ms Fernandez about the sovereignty of the islands.
He told her she should "respect the views" of islanders, who are due to hold a referendum on the archipelago's political status.
Ms Kirchner's envelope is said to have contained around 40 or so United Nations resolutions on the Falklands.
Downing Street aides said the Prime Minister sought out the Argentine President to make Britain's position on the Falklands clear.
Mr Cameron told her: "I am not proposing a full discussion now on the Falklands but I hope you have noted that they are holding a referendum and you should respect their views.
"We should believe in self-determination and act as democrats here in the G20."
Aides said Mr Cameron gave a "clear and calm message" which he repeated three times as his words were interpreted into Spanish.
Later, at a news conference, Mr Cameron said it was important to stand up for the Falkland Islanders and put the issue beyond doubt.
"I think this referendum is a very important moment and I wanted to raise it specifically with the Argentine president and say it's important that everyone pays attention to this referendum. So I think it was the right thing to do."
Argentine foreign minister Hector Timmerman confirmed it was Mr Cameron who approached the Argentine president.
"The one that came forward trying to talk about an issue that wasn't on the agenda was Prime Minister David Cameron," he said.
"The right time to talk about this issue was last week when the UN summoned the UK and Argentina to talk at the decolonisation committee, and once again Great Britain declined the offer to be there."
Britain has repeatedly rejected calls for talks on the sovereignty of the Falklands, which Argentina calls Las Malvinas, pointing out that the islands are self-governing.
The islands' 3,000 inhabitants are planning a referendum on whether they want to stay part of Britain's self-governing overseas territories, a step designed to outflank Argentina's sovereignty claims.
The confrontation came after Mr Cameron criticised Argentina for undermining attempts to restore global growth through protectionist measures on trade.
Speaking to a business audience ahead of the official opening of the Los Cabos summit, Mr Cameron did not mention Argentina by name, but said that there was "one G20 member" which had imposed protectionist measures which threatened to harm the global economy.
There was no doubt his comments referred to Argentina, which earlier this year sparked fury by nationalising the oil company YPF, largely owned by Spanish firm Repsol.
Buenos Aires has also imposed new requirements on the movement of financial assets designed to shore up its own economy.
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what do you think?
It's upto the Falkland Islanders to decide who, if anyone, should govern them.
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Well ..its up to the true islanders...lets see how many islanders names vote or perhaps they allow them to vote.and no inglish names should b allowed to vote as they are no true islanders...
lets let the argentine people live there and then see which way the vote goes democracy
At last, the man has done something sensible!
Oh well done, that`ll really enhance relations with the woman.
Bullyboy Cameron the guys a joke
Your a joke,,
I don't agree with the vast majority with what cameron and his government do but i'm with him on this. Not quite sure who's pulling this womans strings but someone needs to cut them before war is declared
First it was Angela in Berlin. Now it's Cristina in Mexico. Some fellows have all the luck. Privilege! PS: Seriously, I'm only joking.
I don't like the bloke but at least he's on the ball with this one.
Like Camerons style, not being mythered into any form of discussion, basically spells it out, There is nothing to discuss,cheers now!.
Never ceases to amaze me, some of the comments you get on subjects like this , ref; Alibumin, panicking about wether or not it upsets her?, big wow, lets just capitulate to keep everybody happy!, pathetic, libberal fence sitters, do-gooders, get a life!.
" Do-gooders " ? no-gooders more like.
Cameron lecturing the G20 now? Sees fit to tell Eurozone countries what to do, too. Is that because he hasn't got the faintest idea how to sort the one economy he's actually responsible for? P.S Does anyone really think the U.K would bother with The Falklands if it wasn't, "The oil rich, Falkland Islands"?
bully boy cameron showing how hard he is standing up to a woman . my heart just bursts with pride. wonder how he would cope with a man/ not very well i think. he.s scared to death of merkel.
i think u missed the point, its not about him standing up to her, its about what the people of the falkland isles want, and its about british soil, and if we give it up now all our brave boy and girls that defended it from there attack was a waste of time and good lifes
"The right time to talk about this issue was last week when the UN summoned the UK and Argentina to talk at the decolonisation committee, and once again Great Britain declined the offer to be there." So if there is a decolonisation commitee why do the UN want to talk to Argentina? they just want to get us out and colonise it for themselves.Just shows what a bunch of numptys the politicians in the UN are.
Cameron think he is the supreme leader of the world, thus making enemies around the world, In modern world colonial rules well past its sell by date give this bunch of cold islands to who ever want it, look after the venerable British people. cameron is the worst leader in the world He tells Europe what to do and the french he has no idea about anything other than power mad typical very of rich fool
I cant work out why she wants the land so bad, isnt like 600 to 1000 miles away from argentina?
Just happened to have the documents to hand!
Cameron gleefully postures on the world stage because the Malvinas/Falklands issue is the only one where he can make himself look good by playing to jingoistic feelings. The Argentinian government are using the issue in the same cynical way - to divert attention from dire domestic policies. Oil is the real reason this issue has 'bubbled to the surface'. Revenue from oil should be divided equally between Britain, Argentina and the Malvinas/Falklands. Then no young soldiers/sailors will be killed so rich men can get richer.
British Soldiers Blood was spilt on this ground when fighting against the invasion. The subjects of the island are British under British Law. NEED I SAY ANY MORE..
P.S. But people be careful who are your friends are within the UN............... Ms Kirchner's envelope is said to have contained around 40 or so United Nations resolutions on the Falklands.......................... Do you all remember the friends within the UN. Yes the ones who armed Argentina with missles to fight against us.