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Argentina Going to UN Over Falklands Dispute

Kirchner rips planned destroyer, Prince William deployment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 12:17 AM CST
Updated Feb 8, 2012 4:30 AM CST
Argentina Going to UN Over Brit Warship Off Falklands
Prince William arrived in the Falklands last week for a tour of duty as an RAF search and rescue pilot.    (AP Photo/ John Stillwell/PA File)

(Newser) – Some 30 years after Britain and Argentina fought a war over the Falkland Islands, tensions are rising again. Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner plans to file a formal complaint to the United Nations about Britain's recent "militarization" of the disputed islands, the BBC reports. Argentina has been enraged by the deployment of Prince William—whose uncle Prince Andrew flew a helicopter in the 1982 conflict—to the islands, and by Britain's plan to send one of its newest warships to the region this spring.

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The moves pose "a grave danger to international security," Kirchner said. "We cannot interpret in any other way the deployment of an ultra-modern destroyer accompanying the heir to the throne, who we would prefer to see in civilian attire." Britain, which has held the islands since 1833, issued a statement saying that the "people of the Falkland Islands are British out of choice," and no talks on sovereignty will be held without their consent. (Read more Falkland Islands stories.)

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