Why should Britain claim a land so far from it's home country. You know, we're not in 1880, where you could just get some type of German guy to rule out that this land is British. It's not that anymore. There's Argentina, and the Falklands is an Argentine Island. The islanders can oppose this, but would it make sense that Britain claim a land so far from it. It's like America claiming Sengoku island. The only reason Britain won the Falkland War is because Britain had support internationally.
Belong to Argentina doesn't mean necessarly to be a one more uniform part of the country... It exist something called autonomy and respect of minorities. Having a different language, culture and origin its not an excuse for not belonging a larger neighbour territory. Look at Switzerland, with 3 or 4 official languages, or Italy, that has the German-speaking Tirol... It's a kind of British nationalist feeling what exists in this archipelago. "If we belong to Argentina, everything will go bad..." If the archipelago goes to Argentina, there won't be any kind of repression for English language and the identity of Kelppers. Argentina, maybe it's not the English way of country, but it's a developed nation. The negotiation is the solution. The right of self-determination is a misleading concept of international law. It creates instability and promotes separations between territories and stagnation, rather than opportunities of unification.
Self-determination is something personal, not about the territories. You can live in Mexico, but feel British and have british citizenship. For me, it has more sense that the Falklands belong to Argentina, mainly for proximity and for ending the isolation of the islands.
The territory belongs to Argentina. Those speaking about the islanders auto-determination need to understand.. All the citizens of the island where kicked out of the island and people from England were brought to the island.. Of course they'll vote in favour of England.. All the people on the island are descendants of England's who were brought to live on the island.
I'm Chilean and i just hate Argentina. But does it make sense like to own a piece of land that is more than thousands of km away. Like it just would be easier if Argentina would claim them and they become Argentinean property. They would have closer resources closer government. Though I think it should be claimed it in a good way not as they stole the Chilean patagonia which was when they were on war they stole it.
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The Falkland Islands held a referendum on this question a few years back, and the people overwhelmingly said yes. But the Argentinians said it was void because the population "was implanted by the English!" Of course they are British, because the land WAS COLONIZED BY THEM IN THE 1800s WHEN THE SPANISH LEFT! If we give them to the Argentinians, then you might as well give all the other British colonies to Argentina! The Argentinians have gone to drastic measures just to get them, like for example saying that they should rule the Falklands because they're closer to them!! That doesn't mean anything. The Falklands have the right to say what they want...
Even if the spanish had a claim on the islands which would be passed on to argentina, which is one of the Argentinean claims. Why would the islands be Argentineans? Peru would have the same claim to the islands as Argentina. Proximity is a bad argument since you could say alaska belongs to Russia.
The Falklands have been British since 1765 and whilst disputed with Spain, Argentina was never a contender. The concept of an 'inheritance' is ridiculous, and never accepted by either Britain, or Spain. Spain maintained its claim until 1836 and finally saluted the Union Jack at Stanley in 1863. Argentina was never in the game.
Those inhabiting the Falklands want to be part of the UK. Maps draw, with consultation with Argentina, in 19th Century show that Argentina had no claim to the Falklands back then. Furthermore a referendum showed that people there want to stay British. So back off, the people have spoken and they want what they want
Have you ever seen how hilariously infuriated an Argentinian person gets whenever the Falklands are mentioned? A large part of that country's population is incensed against the British with the belief that their rightful land has been stolen, and that helps them overlook any human rights abuses the Argentine Government has historically committed and continues to commit. This extreme nationalism forms the backbone of the country's support, and the government is never gonna force their population to give up the sweet crack pipe of moral indignation. If the Falklands were Argentine, there would be no one to get angry at. The people would start to look at their own government's abuses and popular support would drop. No wonder they haven't tried to take it since 1982.
The Argentines continually lie about their ridiculous claim.
The few settlers there before the British asked British permission to be there. These settlers were from many countries.
The few gauchos amongst them prefered British rule because they were paid in silver & not worthless company paper currency. Falklands are British.
If they don't just because they are so far off the British Isles does that mean they can't be British? Well if that is the case Alaska and Hawaii does not belong to the US. The Japanese islands close to China do they belong to China because of that, should Greenland belong to Canada? Just beacuse something is far off the mainland, or close to another country, does assure that it belongs to whoever is closest. The people are British, and the isles have been British since before Argentina was a country. The people also would preer to be British.
No, the Falklands should not belong to Argentina, because they have to legitimate claim to them. The only thing Argentina has in relation to the Falkland islands is its proximity. One country doesn't have a right to take over another country simply because they are next to it. Britain settled the land and should keep it.
The residents live there. They own it. It's theirs. They chose overwhelming to stay British. 92% for British with only three people who said no. The referendum is internationally recognised, and that should be the end of it.
Any act of Argentina to land their hands on it against the will of the people is an act of International Aggression and a breach of rights for a democratic society.