– Foreign Office spokesperson
We have always said that we are open to discuss a wide range of issues that affect our two countries, including our respective interests as members of the United Nations Security Council.
We remain concerned about the Argentine government’s behaviour towards the Falkland Islanders, so it is right and proper that they are involved in the part of the meeting that concerns the Islands.
We have made that clear to the Argentine Government in recent exchanges, and the Foreign Secretary’s offer of a meeting on these terms still stands.
Downing Street said David Cameron was "disappointed" that Mr Timerman had pulled out of the meeting with Mr Hague and the Falklanders.
The position is that we are not prepared to talk over the heads of the Falkland Islanders about matters that directly affect their status as a British Overseas Territory.
The offer of a meeting still stands. If the Argentines change their minds, the Foreign Secretary would be happy to meet them.
Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman said he was sorry that William Hague "can't meet without the supervision of the colonists from the Malvinas".
Mr Timerman invited Mr Hague to meet with him in Buenos Aires, where he said "my fellow foreign ministers can freely meet with whomever they wish without being pressured or having their presence conditioned on meetings that they haven't asked for and don't interest them".
Argentina's foreign minister has turned down the offer of talks with William Hague over the future of the Falklands, after the Foreign Secretary insisted that islanders should also be present.
Representatives of the Falkland Islands government were flying to London this weekend to tell Hector Timerman that Buenos Aires should respect islanders' rights and leave them in peace.
But Mr Timerman, who had initially asked for a one-to-one meeting with the Foreign Secretary, last night said he would not accept the offer of a meeting involving the Port Stanley government, which Argentina does not recognise as legitimate.