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Obama refuses to back local inhabitants over Falklands
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 23842741:MV8yMTQ4MjMwXzM2Mjk1MTcxXzExQThBQjA4] Do people think the evil British stole these islands from the poor Argentinians? That's bullshit, the Argies never owned or occupied them! For a few centuries they were used as temporary ports by the French and Spanish, but when the British first occupied them, nearly 200 years ago, these are the inhabitants they found: "Also taken on board, Duncan reported, "were the whole of the (Falklands') population consisting of about forty persons, with the exception of some 'gauchos', or cowboys who were encamped in the interior." The group, principally German citizens from Buenos Aires, "appeared greatly rejoiced at the opportunity thus presented of removing with their families from a desolate region where the climate is always cold and cheerless and the soil extremely unproductive". So the present inhabitants, although they may be of British descent, are the only people who ever lived here properly and established a community. It's not even in Agentinian territorial waters. [/quote]
A FRESH transatlantic row has blown up after the US said it will not recognise next month’s Falklands referendum.
The 3,000 islanders are expected to overwhelmingly back remaining British in a historic poll on March 10.
David Cameron ordered the vote in a bid to silence Argentina’s claim to the territories. But in a brutal snub, the US Government has said its neutrality over the islands’ sovereignty will not change — effectively branding the result irrelevant.
The news has infuriated No 10, threatening to overshadow new US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first official visit to London on Monday to meet Foreign Secretary William Hague.
A senior Foreign Office source said: “We hope that all countries reflect on the outcome of the referendum and how it might affect their attitude to Argentine bullying of the Falkland Islanders.”
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