'Hands off Falklands' paper ad

The Sun has published an open letter advert in an Argentine paper warning the country to keep their "hands off" the Falklands. It is in response to president Cristina Kirchner's call on Britain to hand them over in an open letter ad in The Guardian.

Report: Growing 'intimidation' of cruise ships in Argentina

P&O Cruises' Adonia was denied a mooring at Argentina's southernmost city of Ushuaia in February 2012
P&O Cruises' Adonia was denied a mooring at Argentina's southernmost city of Ushuaia in February 2012 Credit: REUTERS/STRINGER Chile

Cruise ship operators and their passengers are facing growing "intimidation" from Argentinian protesters as a result of diplomatic tensions over the Falklands, the Telegraph reports.

The newspaper reports that the Government is aware of at least a dozen "incidents of disruption or intimidation on cruise liners" since mid November, and cites a Foreign Office minister as calling on militants to “allow cruise ships to travel without threats or hindrance".

The incidents apparently include ships being refused entry to Argentine ports, ransacking of the offices of shipping companies and operators being forced to alter or abandon their itineraries.

Protesters burn Sun Falklands advert

A protester sets fire to the paper with The Sun advert
A protester sets fire to the paper with The Sun advert Credit: Reuters

Activists have set fire to copies of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald newspaper as they burn an advert taken out by British tabloid newspaper The Sun, that defends Britain's right to govern the Falkland Islands.

The advert taken out by The Sun burns in Argentina
The advert taken out by The Sun burns in Argentina Credit: Reuters


'Hands off': Sun posts Falklands retort in Argentine paper

The Sun Newspaper posted an advert in the a Buenos Aires Herald. Credit: The Sun newspaper

The Sun has posted an advert in a Buenos Aires newspaper to "hit back" at the Argentine president over her letter about the Falkland Islands to David Cameron.

The newspaper's response, published in Spanish and English, was addressed to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The Sun claims, in an open letter in today's Buenos Aires Herald, that Britain has had sovereignty in the Falklands before Argentina even existed.

UK: No Falklands negotiations unless residents vote for it


There can be no negotiations on the sovereignty of the #FalklandIslands unless and until such time as the Islanders so wish. #Falklands

More: The Falkland Islands is to hold a referendum this year on their "political status" in an attempt to bring an end to the continuing dispute with Argentina over the islands' sovereignty,

FCO: Falklands residents 'can't be written out of history'


They remain free to choose their own futures & have a right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter. #Falklands


There are 3 parties to this debate, not just 2 as #Argentina likes to pretend. Islanders can’t just be written out of history. #Falklands

Argentina's President Kirchner published an open letter to David Cameron today calling for Britain to "abide by the resolutions of the United Nations" in order to restore the islands' "territorial integrity".


Falkland Islands in numbers

  • The islands are 7,780 miles from the UK and 1,140 miles from Buenos Aires
  • They've been under British control since 1833, apart from during the 1982 conflict
  • The Falklands conflict lasted 74 days between April and June 1982.

Read: Last week, secret files released by the National Archives under the 30-year-rule showed that then US President Ronald Reagan issued an appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands in 1982.

New Kirchner letter follows June 2012 G20 incident

Argentine President Kirchner shows Prime Minister David Cameron a document at the G20 summit. Credit: Argentinian Presidency

In June 2012, Argentina's President Kirchner attempted to thrust into the hands of David Cameron documents which called for UN talks on the sovereignty of the Falklands Islands.

The envelope which contained a letter outlining the UN resolution on the Falklands. Credit: Argentinian Presidency

Read: Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship's report on the incident which occurred at a meeting of G20 leaders in Mexico.

Kirchner's letter copied to UN Secretary General

Kirchner's letter was also published as an advertisement in the Guardian newspaper. Credit: Guardian

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner also copied in Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary General.

In June 2012, the Argentine president delivered an address to the annual UN decolonisation committee.

Falklands residents gathered outside the meeting to protest against Kirchner's remarks.

Kirchner: Britain denying Falklands' 'territorial integrity'

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner posted the letter as an advert in the Guardian. Credit: Guardian

The Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said in a letter to David Cameron, via a newspaper advert, that the colonial power of Britain has "refused to return the territories [the Falkland Islands] to the Argentine Republic, thus preventing it from restoring its territorial integrity."

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