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Senator Sonia Escudero said: "They are British citizens living on Argentinian land and no referendum will change that."
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Falkland Islands has told ITV News that the Islanders "have a right a right to make their own decision" and that Argentina should not interfere.
The Prime Minister has said Britain would "respect and defend" the outcome of the referendum held by the Falkland Islands Government.
Mr Cameron said: “I have always said that it is up to the Falkland Islanders themselves to choose whether they want to be British and that the world should listen to their views.
"It’s absolutely right that the Islanders have today set out how they intend to make their voices heard once more. And Britain will be resolute in supporting their choice."
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has welcomed the announcement of a referendum in the Falklands on the "political status" of the islands. Mr Browne, who arrived in the Falklands yesterday said:
"Only the Falkland Islands people can determine how they wish to be governed, so I very much support this initiative by the Falkland Islands government. Indeed, I believe this referendum is a truly significant moment".
Gavin Short, chairman of the Legislative Assembly for the Falkland Islands has said they will be holding a referendum to show that they are "certain" about their future. Mr Short said:
Welcoming the Falkland Islands Government’s announcement that it will hold a referendum on its political status, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
- The islands are 7,780 miles from the UK and 1,140 miles from Buenos Aires.
- They have been under British control since 1833 apart from during the brief conflict.
- The Falkland Islands conflict lasted 74 days in 1982.
The announcement that Falklanders would hold a referendum on their "political status" comes as the islands prepare to mark the 30th anniversary of their liberation.
Three decades after Margaret Thatcher sent 27,000 troops and more than 100 ships to repel the Argentinian invaders, Buenos Aires continues to set its sights on claiming the territory it calls Las Malvinas.
But the Falkland Islands government said it hopes a referendum will send a firm message to Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that islanders want to remain British.
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Falkland Islands, said the referendum was an "extremely important decision" that would determine "once and for all" the wishes of the islands' inhabitants.
He added that he expected a "very similar result" to that in a referendum held by Gibraltar in 2002, in which the idea of Britain sharing sovereignty with Spain was rejected by 98.5% of residents.
The Falkland Islands government will hold a referendum on the political status of the islands hoping to bring an end to the continuing dispute with Argentina over the islands' sovereignty.