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Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

It's back in the news thanks to the oil exploration now going on over there, but I when looking into the history of the Islands I was surprised just how weak Argentina's claim to them is. They were totally uninhabited when discovered by western explorers, before various disputes between the British, Spanish and Aregntines. The British have ruled the Islands since 1830. Argentina still makes claim tot he Islands though and this is even given some international recognition - the CIA website refers to them as both Falklands and Malvinas. This is despite the fact that the Falklanders themselves want to remain under British soverignty. There is very little reason to think this should change and if it were what about the territorial claims of Spain and Chile?

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Re: Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

I think that the Falklands hold the British last true reign to their powerful empire of the previous centuries regardless of them just "finding it".
The people at power make history by the way and whose to say that there wasn't some kind of claim to the Falklands from people living in now what is called Argentina.

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Re: Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

because they are right off the dang coast.

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Re: Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

Well, I think they are in or close to Argentinas territorial waters and thus the dispute
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because they are right off the dang coast.
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Re: Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

A few 100 miles.

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Re: Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

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because they are right off the dang coast.
I wouldn't say that 450 miles is right off the coast, but yes, they are definitely close to Argentina ... and nothing else.

That being said, there are places like the Canary Islands, which belong to Spain, which are truly right off the coast of other countries, and I don't think there is quite as much controversy.

The dictatorship of Argentina was collapsing and losing support so they tried to rally the country behind a cause; hence, the war against the Falklands.
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The dictatorship of Argentina was collapsing and losing support so they tried to rally the country behind a cause; hence, the war against the Falklands.
That's the ONLY reason really.

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They can claim it all they want, but the stupid decision by a previous argentine government to invade pretty much sealed the deal. They will always belong to the UK now.

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There is very little reason to think this should change and if it were what about the territorial claims of Spain and Chile?
I don't know what you mean there? There's no territorial claim from Chile in the Fakland Islands

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Re: Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?

Why does Britain?
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Why does Argentina lay claim to the Falklands?
your country usurped the islands, and should get out of there

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Why does Britain?
Exactly why are they hanging on to a group of rainy islands near Antartica.

I don't see how they have any strategic or economic importance (except the now possible oil reserves).
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Exactly why are they hanging on to a group of rainy islands near Antartica.

I don't see how they have any strategic or economic importance (except the now possible oil reserves).
Margaret Thatcher defended the Falklands to save her premiership. She was VERY unpopular in the early 80s, and she knew the Falklands War would be a quick and easy victory and increase her popularity at home.

And now, it would be a public-relations disaster for any British PM to "let the Falklands go", because silly conservative Brits over a certain age take pride in "our" win from 30 years ago.
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