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Argentina demands UK halts military exercise in disputed Falkland Islands

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Argentina has lodged a formal letter of complaint against British plans to hold military exercises in the disputed Falkland Islands. The country's foreign ministry said in a statement that it had sent the note to the British ambassador demanding the UK calls off the "illegitimate" exercises, which are scheduled from 19-28 October and include the launching of Rapier missiles. But a spokeswoman for the British embassy in Buenos Aires called it a "routine exercise" that takes places about twice a year. Argentina has for decades claimed sovereignty over the British-run islands it calls the Malvinas and the dispute led to a brief war in 1982.

(The exercises) contradict the principle of peaceful conflict resolution.

Argentina's foreign ministry

The conflict killed 649 Argentinian soldiers, 255 British soldiers and three islanders. The overwhelming majority of the islands' 3,000 inhabitants say they want the islands to remain a UK overseas territory. In a 2013 referendum, residents voted overwhelmingly to remain part of Britain. Pro-business President Mauricio Macri has tried to improve relations since taking over in December after diplomatic tensions mounted under his predecessor Cristina Fernandez. Last month, the two sides held talks in London, culminating in a series of deals covering oil, fishing, navigation and trade in and around the islands.

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The overwhelming majority of the islands' 3,000 inhabitants say they want the islands to remain a British overseas territory

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 mi east of South America's southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4700 sqmi, comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands.
The Falklands are located about 435 miles off the coast of southern Argentina

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Argentina demands UK halts military exercise in disputed Falklands

Argentina has complained about military exercises that Britain is planning this month in the disputed Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
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