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.
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.
The people of the Falkland islands voted to remain a territory of the United Kingdom in a free vote. The Argentinean government had declared that it care nothing for democracy by saying that the vote is meaningless. The only reason Argentina wants the islands, is not for territorial gain, but their natural resources. When the islands were originally discovered the Dutch, were the accepted finder, not the Spanish, the English or French. The Spanish got half the islands from the French in 1767 and the English had built a colony on the other half around when the french built theirs. The Spanish did later expel the British and and after some time in 1811 with drew, the last remaining population. The last proper state in ownership was the British, which re arrived in 1833 and have ruled the islands since, a proper settlement having been established some seven years later. The Argentinians have no real claim to Islands other than greed. Argentina only declared independence five years after the colony was abandoned, as they did not establish control over the islands before then then, what is the basis of the Argentinian their claim, as inheritance from rebellion is clearly not the case.
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.
The Falkland Islands is a small country established by European settlers on uninhabited islands. They have at least as much right to determine their own future as the European settlers of mainland South America do. According to the Falkland Island Government the Islands have never been Argentinian territory, and in a recent referendum the Islanders choose to entrust their sovereignty to the UK for the time being.
After the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, there were talks about Britain giving the Falklan Islands to Argentina, after first securing provisions to protect the islanders. The Falklanders oppose this by close to 99%. If the people feel they are British and want to remain British, they are the only voice hat counts.
During the Falklands War, the Argentines surrendered and gave control to the British. Unless the governments of those countries come to some other arrangement, the islands belong to the British. Most of the citizens are of British decent or immigrated from British controlled territories. Argentina has no claim to the islands whatsoever.
Everyone I've ever heard talk about the Falklands war was talking about how little they wanted to be a part of Argentina. Sure they may have a territorial claim over the land, but what really matters is the voice of the people, and if the people don't want a part of it, you can't force them too change citizenship morally.