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Argentina's president presses claim to Falklands

June 15, 2012 • World News


Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addresses the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Thursday, June 14, 2012 at United Nations headquarters. Argentina’s president is pressing her country’s claim to the Falkland Islands with a high-profile appearance Thursday before a little-known U.N. committee on the 30th anniversary of Britain’s ouster of an Argentine invasion force. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Argentina’s president took her country’s claim to the Falkland Islands to the United Nations on Thursday, challenging Britain in a highly emotional speech to “act more intelligently” and sit down to talk about the future of the tiny archipelago.

President Cristina Fernandez chose to appear at the annual meeting of the little-known U.N. Decolonization Committee on the 30th anniversary of Britain’s ouster of an Argentine invasion force from the Falklands, using the occasion to reiterate Argentina’s opposition to any more wars and to criticize the British prime minister’s decision to mark the day by flying the Falklands flag over his official 10 Downing Street residence.

“I felt shame from far away for them because wars are not to be celebrated or commemorated,” she said, pointing to the hundreds of deaths in the 74-day conflict over the islands, which Argentina calls Las Malvinas.

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