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Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has claimed sovereignty over the Falklands islands in a speech in Ushuaia to mark the 30th anniversary of the country's failed invasion of the British colony.

"It is an injustice that a colonialist enclave still exists a few hundred kilometres from our shores in the 21st century. It is absurd to pretend dominion 8,000 miles overseas," said Fernandez.

The speech to 5000 Argentinians in the world's southern-most city continued the current trend of Argentinian sabre-rattling over the islands, which have been a British territory since 1833.

The speech came as protesters firebombed the British embassy in Buenos Aires.

Fernandez has criticised the "de-Malvinisation" of Argentinian politics since the failed invasion in 1982, and has made the islands a central theme of her "national and populist" government.

Fernandez has found tentative support from other Latin American leaders who have agreed to mainly symbolic moves to isolate the islands.

Brazil and other nations have agreed to not allow ships carrying the Falklands flag to dock in their harbours.

Argentina, which has no meaningful historic connection to the islands and which is as far away from the country as Madrid is from London, has found other support from unlikely sources including Morrissey and Sean Penn.

Britain's stance on the islands remains one of self-determination for the islands' 3000 inhabitants.

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