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View Poll Results: Who do you think should have control over FI?
God Save The Queen - England 66 83.54%
Don't Cry For Me - Argentina 13 16.46%
Voters: 79. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Saw this on the news today:

Argentina presses claim to Falkland Islands, accusing UK of colonialism - CNN.com

Of course, the chances of another war are basically nil (thank god), but, it could certainly be an issue in terms of trade relations between the UK/EU and Argentina.

What do you think about the matter? Is the UK's protectorship of the Falklands an issue of "colonialism," as Fernandez de Kirchner asserts, or is it the will of the island's residents?
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:16 PM
 
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Your poll is short an "let the islanders decide" option.

As they very much wish to remain British, that really should settle it.

Besides, the Argentine link is a serious stretch. They (well, their predecessor nation) had a somewhat questionable claim to the islands (via privateer/pirate/enterprising character Jewett laying claim to the islands in their name and telling them when he got around to it), but a 15-year presence 150 years ago does not really constitute anything.

And they'll get their backsides handed to them on a silver platter, with cucumber sandwiches, if they try anything military again.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:57 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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Your poll is short an "let the islanders decide" option.

As they very much wish to remain British, that really should settle it.
This. The inhabitants of those islands prefer a million times living under British rule - and who could blame them.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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The islanders, who have inhabited the place for centuries, will decide in a referendum in March to stay British. Case closed. And by the way the Falklands are British not English, many Scots including my uncles best friend died in the Falklands conflict.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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I believe that what is REALLY behind this question are not the islands per se...

I believe the real reason for dispute are the "territorial waters" of the islands.

In my opinion, the islands may keep being British territory IF a fair agreement is reached with Argentina regarding the "territorial waters" of the islands and the economic exploration of those waters (including oil).

Because the islands per se have nothing of value...
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:52 AM
 
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I believe that what is REALLY behind this question are not the islands per se...

I believe the real reason for dispute are the "territorial waters" of the islands.

In my opinion, the islands may keep being British territory IF a fair agreement is reached with Argentina regarding the "territorial waters" of the islands and the economic exploration of those waters (including oil).

Because the islands per se have nothing of value...
they have international reputation value for the british , thats why they went to war in 82
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I agree that the future of the Falkland's should be decided by the islanders themselves. The majority would agree to remaining in association with Britain, and it should remain unless the sentiment changes.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Baldock, hertfordshire, England
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Because the islands per se have nothing of value...
Not true.

They have the finest sheep in the South Atlantic.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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Falklands islanders should decide
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:26 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by MalaMan View Post
I believe that what is REALLY behind this question are not the islands per se...

I believe the real reason for dispute are the "territorial waters" of the islands.

In my opinion, the islands may keep being British territory IF a fair agreement is reached with Argentina regarding the "territorial waters" of the islands and the economic exploration of those waters (including oil).

Because the islands per se have nothing of value...
Why should Argentina get a fair agreement at all? The country is hundreds of kilometers away from the islands and since the islanders themselves want nothing to do with Argentina, what right does Argentina have to exploit them financially? The islands do have something of value, as per the article: "Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 480 kilometers (298 miles) east of the tip of South America, the Falklands have long been coveted as a strategic shipping stopover and potential wellspring of natural resources."
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