Argentina Grumbles as Falklanders Vote on Future

Huge 'yes' vote expected in referendum on staying British
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2013 1:01 AM CDT
Argentina Grumbles as Falklanders Vote on Future
People line waiting for a polling station to open to vote in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.   (AP Photo/Paul Byrne)

The 1,675 eligible voters in the Falkland Islands are being asked whether they want to remain British and only the scale of the "yes" vote in the two-day referendum is in doubt. Argentina, which claims the islands as its own and went to war over them in 1982, has condemned the vote as a publicity stunt, arguing that the referendum is meaningless because the islanders were "implanted" by Britain, Reuters reports. The discovery of oil in the area has renewed tensions over the islands and Britain says it will not enter talks on Falklands sovereignty unless the islanders themselves desire it. (More Falkland Islands stories.)

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