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Argentina's president calls on UK prime minister to relinquish control of Falkland Islands

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to entrepreneurs at a PM Direct event at The Media Factory, Preston northwest England Thursday Jan. 3, 2013. Argentina's president called on Britain on Thursday to relinquish control of the Falkland Islands, accusing London of taking part in an act of "blatant colonialism" in claiming the wind-swept archipelago. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner published an open letter in the Guardian newspaper urging Prime Minister David Cameron to honor U.N. resolutions which she says backs her case for the return of the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. She has made several similar demands in the past. Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement Thursday that the people of the Falklands are British and have chosen to be so. The office said there can be no negotiations on the sovereignty of the islands "unless and until such time as the Islanders so wish." (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
January 03, 2013 - 2:05 AM

LONDON - Argentina's president is again urging Britain to relinquish control of the contested Falkland Islands.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner published a letter in Thursday's Guardian newspaper repeating calls to honour U.N. resolutions which she says back Argentina's case for what it calls the Malvinas.

"180 years ago on the same date, January 3rd, in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism, Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Malvinas Islands, which are situated 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles) away from London," she says in the letter, copied to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Britain's Foreign Office says in a statement that the people of the Falklands have chosen to be British and that there can be no negotiations on sovereignty "unless and until such time as the Islanders so wish."

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