Falklands Votes to Stay British, 1,513 to 3
99.8% of islanders happy with status quo
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2013 1:31 AM CDT
Updated Mar 12, 2013 6:23 AM CDT
Falklands governor Nigel Haywood poses for a picture in Port Stanley.   (AP Photo/Paul Byrne)

(Newser) – The referendum on whether Falkland Islanders want to remain British has ended with a vote overwhelmingly in favor of the status quo. With turnout above 90%, 1,513 voters wanted the disputed islands to remain a British overseas territory while just three voted no, reports the BBC. "It is a major principle of the United Nations that a people have their right to self-determination, and you don't get a much clearer expression of the people's self-determination than such a large turnout and such a large 'yes' vote," the islands' governor said.

Authorities in Argentina, which calls the islands Las Malvinas and claims them as its own, described the vote as invalid. British PM David Cameron, meanwhile, urged Buenos Aires to "take note," adding, "The Falklands are British through and through, and that is how they want to stay, and people should know we will always be there to defend them."

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BenDunn
Mar 12, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
OK, Argentina, Do something,, OR STFU!!! ROFLMAO!!! I doubt the little nation of dictators will DO anything, BUT WHINE!!!
kj_nm
Mar 12, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
only three thousand people including a hundred lonely shepherds watching over ten thousand very nervous sheep
UKExpat
Mar 12, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
When 9/11 happened 3,000 American citizens were killed the UK instantly supported the USA and fought in two serious fighting wars, with significant casualties, on their behalf. When 3,000 UK citizens are subjected to invasion, brutalization and intimidation by Argentina the USA/Obama publically states they are neutral on the issue FACTS: The Falkland Islands have been British longer than Argentina has been a country. Many of the Falkland Islanders have peaceably resided there for 7, 8 or 9 generations The Falkland Islanders have exercised their fundamental democratic rights by a landside to remain British The UK is NOT asking the USA to fight any wars for them, the UK is quite capable of doing that themselves, What the UK did expect from the USA was that it would speak out against a continuously despotic dysfunctional Argentinian government who continually tries to eject a free and long established democratic population in order to divert attention from their misdeeds at home and appease Argentine machismo The USA governments political actions on this issue has now generated huge resentments, which are continuing to increase, in the UK towards the USA being a creditable and responsible ally. Popular opinion is that the UK should scratch the US as an alley, and the next time they want the UK to join in any of their wars they should suggest that the USA ask Argentina for help instead.