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On the 30th anniversary of the UK territory’s liberation from Argentine occupation, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addressed the UN Committee on Decolonisation.

President Fernandez demanded that Britain enter negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

She said history supports Argentina’s claim. But an islander told the committee Argentina was “bulling”.

A majority of the United Nations backs Argentina’s demand that the Falklands’ status should be negotiated.

However, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said there will be “no negotiations”.

Her timing was poignant as the Falklands marked the end for Argentina’s 74-day 1982 occupation with a service at Port Stanley’s Christ Church cathedral.

In an act of remembrance, veterans of the war led a military parade to the Liberation Monument to pay tribute to the 255 UK servicemen and three Falklands civilians who died in the war.

President Fernandez said that the islands originally formed part of the South American continental plate. 

President Fernandez said Argentina was “just asking to talk”.

Two Falkland Islands legislators also offered their opinion to the UN. They strongly insisted on their right to self-determination.

Legislator Mike Summers said Falkland Islanders have a clear identity and consider the islands to be their country and home.

PM David Cameron spoke of “aggression from over the water” in a speech at the Falkland Islands Government reception on Thursday evening.

“My message to the government of Argentina is this: the UK has no aggressive intentions towards you.

“Accusations of militarisation and nuclear threats are hyperbole and propaganda”.

He then paid tribute to the bravery of those who served in the Falklands and said Britain would always be in their debt.

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