Argentina Grumbles as Falklanders Vote on Future
Huge 'yes' vote expected in referendum on staying British
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2013 1:01 AM CDT
People line waiting for a polling station to open to vote in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.   (AP Photo/Paul Byrne)

(Newser) – The 1,675 eligible voters in the Falkland Islands are being asked whether they want to remain British and only the scale of the "yes" vote in the two-day referendum is in doubt. Argentina, which claims the islands as its own and went to war over them in 1982, has condemned the vote as a publicity stunt, arguing that the referendum is meaningless because the islanders were "implanted" by Britain, Reuters reports. The discovery of oil in the area has renewed tensions over the islands and Britain says it will not enter talks on Falklands sovereignty unless the islanders themselves desire it.

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Beanburger
Mar 11, 2013 7:53 PM CDT
A stupid situation. Argentina should stop trying to displace settlers who have been there for generations (the Falklands were not inhabited when Britain assumed sovereignty) and Britain should share the oil revenues with Argentina (which would make getting to the oil a lot cheaper and easier).
backpath2
Mar 11, 2013 6:39 AM CDT
I guess Argentina didn't get enough humble pie the first time, so its come back for seconds.
kj_nm
Mar 11, 2013 6:29 AM CDT
since the Falklands war, the Argentinians have grown weaker militarily while the Brits have the latest weapons, especially in the air plus its fleet of nuclear attack submarines is now second only to the US. Its all about oil and its all going to the UK