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Falkland Islands government says it plans referendum on its future political status

FILE - In this March 4, 2012 file photo, Sybie Summers, owner of the Pod gift shop, holds up a five pounds local banknote with an illustration of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth, in Stanley, Falkland Islands. The government of the Falkland Islands says that the disputed south Atlantic territory will hold a referendum on whether to remain a British territory. (AP Photo/Michael Warren, File)
June 12, 2012 - 9:13 AM

LONDON - The government of the Falkland Islands says that the disputed south Atlantic territory will hold a referendum on whether to remain a British territory.

Gavin Short, chairman of Falklands' legislature says that he wants the referendum "not because we have any doubts about who we are and what future we want, but to show the world just how certain we are about it."

He said Tuesday that he had no doubt that the people of the Falklands "wish for the islands to remain a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom."

The Falkland Islands are claimed both by the U.K. and by Argentina, and the rhetoric between the two has been running hot as both countries mark the 30th anniversary of Argentina's unsuccessful attempt to take the archipelago by force.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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