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Split Falklands to prevent any more conflict

As the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war approaches, two things are abundantly clear: Argentina will never relinquish its claim to the islands and the islanders will never willingly cede sovereignty to Argentina. One possible solution occurs to me.

There are two main islands; East and West Falkland.

Why not give control of West Falkland to Argentina, with the population of this island being given the option to re-settle on East Falkland, which would remain as a self-governing British Overseas Territory? An agreement could be reached on sharing mineral and fishing rights for the whole area.

I am not suggesting that Argentina has a legitimate claim to the islands, but if a solution is not found another war remains a possibility. The last one cost more than a thousand lives. We must ensure that it is not repeated.

JLB

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