UK 'will defend Falklands properly'
Argentina should be in no doubt that Britain will "defend the Falkland Islands properly" against any threat to its inhabitants' right to self-determination, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Mr Cameron was speaking after Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she would make a formal complaint to the United Nations over the disputed archipelago.
Buenos Aires has revived its long-standing claim to sovereignty over the islands, which Argentina knows as Las Malvinas, as the 30th anniversary of the 1982 war between the countries approaches.
Speaking during a visit to Sweden, Mr Cameron said he had no doubt that the UN would back the islands' status as a self-governing British overseas territory.
"I think Argentina will find, when she goes to the United Nations, that it is absolutely a part of the UN charter to support self-determination and the people of the Falkland Islands want to maintain their status, their connection to the UK," the Prime Minister told reporters.
Ms Kirchner used a speech to Falklands War veterans on Tuesday to accuse Britain of "militarising" the south Atlantic.
She cited the recent posting of the Duke of Cambridge to the Falklands as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, along with the announcement that the modern warship HMS Dauntless is to be sent to the region to replace the frigate HMS Montrose.
Ms Kirchner said it was difficult to see how "the sending of an immense and modern destroyer accompanied by the royal heir, who we would have liked to see in civilian clothes and not in military uniform" was not a show of purposeful military strength by the UK.
She said: "I have instructed our chancellor to present formally to the Security Council of the United Nations and before the General Assembly of the United Nations this militarisation of the south Atlantic which implies a great risk for international security."
Downing Street has said it was a matter for Argentina to decide what issues it wishes to raise at the UN. A spokeswoman said: "The fact is that one of the key principles of the UN charter is self-determination and that is what we are talking about in relation to the Falkland Islands."