British government official visits Falkland Islands in support of self-determination

London, Nov (EFE).- David Rutley, United Kingdom’s Minister of State for the Americas and Caribbean will visit the Falkland Islands, known as Malvinas in Argentina, to underline the UK’s support for the islands’ right to self-determination.

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Rutley will meet with members of the Falklands Legislative Assembly to “listen to issues of concern” and attend a reception with young people from the community.

During his stay, the Conservative politician will “reaffirm the UK’s support for the right to self-determination of the people of the Falkland Islands,” who voted by 99.8% to remain under British sovereignty in a referendum in 2013, the statement said.

“During my visit to the Falkland Islands, I will reiterate that the UK stands firmly behind the Falkland Islander’s rights of self-determination, as an important part of the British family,” Rutley said before leaving.

“The Falkland Islands has a flourishing economy and is making great strides in the fight against climate change, which I look forward to learning about first-hand,” he added.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the islands from the UK, which has administered them since 1833.

Argentina and the UK fought a war over the islands in 1982 after the Argentine military junta seized them by force on April 2 that year. The 74-day war resulted in a death toll of 649 Argentines and 255 British soldiers. EFE


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