President Alberto Fernandez brazenly claimed yesterday that Argentina will always own the Falklands as its own despite Britain claiming it 187 years ago – and battling a war over the territory in 1982. He said: “It is an auspicious day to claim sovereignty, because today, 3 January, 187 years ago the British invaded the Malvinas. “It is a land that we will never give up and we will always claim as our own.” His words followed with a statement from the Argentine Foreign Ministry that reaffirmed, once again, sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
The statement spoke of the “illegal occupation by the United Kingdom”.
It read: “The Argentine Republic immediately protested that act of illegitimate force and never consented.
“It maintained uninterruptedly during 187 years the firm claim to exercise its effective sovereignty over the archipelagos and maritime spaces of the South Atlantic occupied until today by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”
It went on to stress that Argentina “has uninterruptedly rejected the unilateral activities of exploration and exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources in illegally occupied Argentine maritime spaces that, added to the continued British military presence in the South Atlantic, violate United Nations resolutions.”
It added: “Argentina reaffirms once again the indefeasible sovereignty rights it has over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces that are an integral part of its national territory.”
It then affirmed that the recovery of the effective exercise of sovereignty over the archipelago “constitutes a permanent and inalienable objective of the Argentine people” and clarified that the claims will continue “in accordance with international law and respecting the way of life of its inhabitants”.
On January 3, 1833, the Islands were occupied by British forces that evicted the population and the authorities of Argentina.
Despite this, Argentina has claimed the territory remains their own.
It comes as Argentina threatened to ramp-up World War 3 tensions when they sent a stark warning to the UK over its handing of nuclear weapons on the Falklands.
The Falklands War was a 10-week conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic.
Tensions began after Argentina invaded and occupied the islands in an attempt to establish the sovereignty it had claimed over them.
The bloody conflict spanned until the Argentine surrender on June 14, by that point 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.
It came at the height of the Cold War, as the US and Soviet Union were locked in a fierce nuclear arms race, supported by their allies.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.
President Alberto Fernandez brazenly claimed yesterday that Argentina will always own the Falklands as its own despite Britain claiming it 187 years ago - and battling a war over the territory in 1982. He said: "It is an auspicious day to claim sovereignty, because today, 3 January, 187 years ago the British invaded the Malvinas.