British Prime Minister accuses Argentina of 'colonialism' over Falklands Islands
Published 18/01/2012 | 15:38
UK premier David Cameron accused Argentina on Wednesday of "colonialism" over its claim to the Falkland Islands.
Last month, a powerful South American trading bloc announced a ban on ships flying the Falklands Island flag from docking at ports. Tensions are high as the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands War approaches.
Mr Cameron said that Britain's National Security Council had discussed the issue and ensured that all defences were in order in the British-held South Atlantic archipelago.
"The key point is we support the Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination, and what the Argentinians have been saying recently, I would argue is actually far more like colonialism because these people want to remain British and the Argentinians want them to do something else," he said at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons.
"I'm determined we should make sure that our defences and everything else is in order, which is why the National Security Council discussed this issue yesterday."
He added: "The absolutely vital point is that we are clear that the future of the Falkland Islands is a matter for the people themselves, and as long as they want to remain part of the United Kingdom and be British they should be able to do so."