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UK warned over Falklands stance

Published 07/05/2012

British relations in South America could falter if the UK government refuses to hand over the Falkland Islands to Argentina, the country's ambassador to London has said.

Alicia Castro tried to pull Argentina's immediate neighbours into the dispute, claiming UK diplomatic and business relations could be damaged if the islands were not handed over to Buenos Aires.

She said Las Malvinas — Argentina's name for the Falklands — would be considerably better off if they cut their ties with the UK.

Describing the islands as a “colonial enclave”, she said her government would send teachers to the islands to teach Spanish, while it also wanted to re-establish direct flights to the Falklands.

She told Sky News that Argentina “did not want to change the way of life” on the Falklands, insisting the islands had to be “given back to Latin America as a whole”.

And she claimed an advert depicting an Argentine athlete using a war memorial on the islands to do step-ups was not designed to upset relations between the UK and the South American country.

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