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Malvinas Islands War marks 30th anniversary

06-14-2012 19:02 BJT

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June 14th marks the 30th anniversary of the end of Malvinas Islands War between Argentina and Britain. Argentina's President is pressing her country's claim to the islands Thursday before U.N. Decolonization committee.

Argentina claims Britain has illegally occupied the islands since 1833. Britain disputes Argentina's claim to the islands and says Argentina ignores the wishes of the island's 3,000 residents who have expressed a desire to remain British.

Meanwhile, the Malvinas Islands government announced Tuesday it plans a referendum next year on the future of the Islands. Britain's Foreign Office welcomes their decision and says local residents have the right to determine the Islands destiny. The two countries fought a war in June 1982, resulting in the death of 649 Argentines and 255 British soldiers.

People look at the Malvinas War Memorial which pays tribute to those Argentines who
fell in the 1982 South Atlantic war between Argentina and Britain over the Falkland
Islands (Malvinas), on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the conflict, in Ushuaia,
Tierra del Fuego, some 3100 km south of Buenos Aires.

People walk past the Malvinas Falklands war Memorial in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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