A resounding victory in the Falklands Islands’ (Islas Malvinas) referendum has done nothing to resolve the long-term future of the South Atlantic islands. The UK is left paying a large annual defence bill for an island of less than 3,000 inhabitants while Argentina claims its rights over the territory – and the potential gas and oil in the nearby seas.

THERE was no surprise that inhabitants of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic voted on March 10 and 11, 2013, to remain a British overseas territory.

There was little surprise either in the reaction of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, who dismissed the island referendum as a ‘parody’.

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The legal claims dividing the British and the Argentines go back nearly two centuries. The current argument plays out in the United Nations Decolonisation Committee, where the Argentines have won support every year for the past decade
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