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Falklands at risk as Argentina’s President lifts lid on secret talks with Jeremy Corbyn

Falklands at risk as Argentina's President lifts lid on secret talks with Jeremy Corbyn 1

Fernandez, backed by former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has promised to reclaim the Falklands – or Malvinas as they are known in Argentina – as part of his election campaign in which he came out on top with 48 percent of the vote. He told Argentine media: “If Labour wins and Mr Corbyn becomes the next British Prime Minister, he can be sure I will call him to claim the Malvinas because they are an integral part of Argentina.

“The Malvinas Islands are part of Latin-America, it is a territory which was taken from us.

“It’s true that many years ago we lost a war, but that does not end Argentine sovereignty over the Malvinas.”

The Labour leader reportedly congratulated Fernandez after his election victory which saw embattled ally of the West Mauricio Macri depart after broken promises and further economic turmoil.

Fernandez laid down a concerning statement of intent as the future of the Falkland Islands becomes increasingly precarious amid repetitive verbal threats from Buenos Aires.

Fernandez added: “Be it Corbyn or whoever, I will always claim Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas and South Atlantic islands.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also met with a crushing warning when he congratulated Fernandez for his election victory.

Downing Street’s official Twitter said on October 29: “Congratulations to Alberto Fernandez on winning Argentina’s presidential election. We look forward to working with your new government to continue to strengthen the UK-Argentina relationship – PM Boris Johnson.”

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It reads: “The Argentine Nation ratifies its legitimate and non-prescribing sovereignty over the Malvinas, Georgias del Sur and Sandwich del Sur Islands and over the corresponding maritime and insular zones, as they are an integral part of the National territory.

“The recovery of said territories and the full exercise of sovereignty, respectful of the way of life of their inhabitants and according to the principles of international law, are a permanent and unrelinquished goal of the Argentine people.”

This leaves only political routes to Islands reclamation, but that has not dampened Fernandez’ rhetoric just yet.

In April 1982, Argentine troops invaded the islands, but capitulated 74 days later to the British forces, with the death toll as a result of the war a devastating 649 – of which 255 soldiers were from the UK.

After the conflict between the UK and Argentina over the territory, a referendum was held in 2013 that saw 99.8 percent of Falklands residents vote to remain under British rule.

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