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

(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.

People line waiting for a polling station to open to vote in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.   (AP Photo/Paul Byrne)
The Falkland Islands' flag flies on British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence at 10 Downing St. in London, Thursday, June 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Residents, some carrying British flags, parade during a rally in support of United Kingdom control over the islands in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.   (AP Photo/Paul Byrne)
People drivevehicles bearing British flags and stickers in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.   (AP Photo/Paul Byrne)
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