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
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.
As Argentines continually state, colonialism has ended so stop trying to impose a government on a populace that does not want that particular government. It is up to the islanders and nobody else should be involved in that decision except those that live and reside on those islands. In addition the Argentine government also lost ALL rights to the islands after the 1982 conflict. Despite what anybody says, THEY were the ones that invaded and THEY were the ones that would not leave...THEY are the ones with blood on their hands.
I hold the same stance as with the Gibraltar issue. The Falkland Islanders have the right to decide their own future, as do the Gibraltarians. The Islands might be thousands of miles away, but if Argentina were to claim them, then how many other countries will claim former colonies/territories? Give Ceuta and Melilla back to Morocco then, Olivenca (stolen by Spain) back to Portugal, Louisiana back to France, and so on.
The people on the Island want to remain under British control, what part of that doesn't Argentina understand? I don't see why they get so fussy over the Islands if they were not even a nation when the British laid claims to the island in the first place. They Falklands are not yours get used to it.