One such threat came from former Argentina president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who claimed her country would one day take the Falkland Islands back. Speaking on the anniversary of the invasion in 2015, she called for files on the war to be made public. She also hit out at the UK for bolstering its defence around the islands.
Ms Fernandez de Kirchner said:“International law and dialogue, not militarisation, are the path to a reunion and sovereignty,” she said at a ceremony in the city of Ushuaia, at the southern tip of South America.
“We will see the islands form part of our territory again. It’s not just wishful thinking.
The British defence secretary at the time – Michael Fallon – announced plans to spend £180million over 10 years to counter “continuous intimidation” from Argentina in the Falklands.
But the Argentine leader denounced the measure as a “provocation”.
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Ms Fernandez de Kirchner now acts as a deputy to the recently elected Alberto Fernandez, who also sent a threat to the UK late last year.
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.”
But the Argentine President elect replied: “Thanks to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the greeting. Without giving up our claim of sovereignty, we must work together to strengthen the ties between the Argentine and British people, who share much more than we imagine.”
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The Peronist leader has issued numerous warnings that he will aim to take the Islands back, but currently the Argentine constitution makes this very difficult to achieve.
Amended in 1994, it suggests that Argentina can never take the islands by force.
The document instructs the nation’s government that any “recovery” of the territories must be done within the realms of international law.
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.
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“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.