Should the Falkland Islands go to Argentina?Posted by: GabeLipworth
The Falkland Islands have been a British Territory for years. But for how long will that last? The Argentinians claim it's theirs due to the proximity of it to the mainland country. Note that a referendum took place and 99.9% of voters voted against going to Argentina!
Yes it should go to Argentina, even though 99.9% of residents don't want it (from referendum)
No, it should remain a British Overseas Territory, which is what the people want!
The Malvinas (Falkland Islands) were originally a French then Spanish colony. After the July 9th revolution led by San Martin, who liberated Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru from the Spanish Viceroy, the islands became part of the Argentinian republic. There was a Argentinian garrison on the island that was attacked by the United States of America. The United States did this because an American fishing vessel was being held for illegally fishing in Argentina's national waters. The Argentinian's were only enforcing their territorial rights as do other countries. This had devastating blow to the garrison on the island. Soon after the British Empire moved in in 1844 to force the garrison off the islands at gun point! They effectively stole the islands! The Malvinas (Falklands) and the South Sandwich Islands are part of the South American continental shelf as archipelago just as the Canadian arctic islands are part of the North American continental shelf as an archipelago. The United Kingdom does not have a legitimate claim to the islands. All through the 1960s and 1970s, they were trying to give the islands back to Argentina through negotiations while trying to save face for stealing them in the first place! If it had not been for the junta military's invasion in 1982, the British would have returned the islands just as they gave Hong Kong back to China.
No, because I believe in self determination and Argentina has no right to have it. Especially after the 1982 war!
If they don't want to be a part of Argentina, then they don't have to, let them keep their autonomy under Britain if they wish. If you force them, it will likely result in armed opposition in the future.