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Jan Cheek, member of the Falkland Islands legislative assembly, said the Argentine authorities were "deeply worried" about a referendum on the islands, and dismissed comments by foreign minister Hector Timerman as "desperate":
Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman said the South American country considers inhabitants of the Falkland Islands as its own citizens.
"There are very few inhabitants of the Islas Malvinas who were born in the Islas Malvinas. But for us, they are Argentinian citizens," he said.
"Argentina is looking for a dialogue to pacifically resolve a dispute over sovereignty," added Timerman.
Foreign Secretary William Hague today met Jan Cheek and Dick Sawle of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman is expected to offer the UK a diplomatic package to hand over the Falklands Islands at a news conference in London today.
In an interview with the Guardian, he also predicted the Islands will be under the South American country's control within two decades.
Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has said that the Argentine foreign minister compared Britain's control of the Falkland Islands to Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
Mr Cairns said he found the comparison, which was made during a meeting of the all-party group on Argentina, "offensive" and "pretty outrageous".
Members of the Falklands Islands parliament have written to the Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman urging him to discuss their differences.
Legislative Assembly member Dick Sawle told Mr Timerman, who is on his first trip to London, that he believes next month's referendum will show that islanders do not want to be ruled by Argentina.
Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman clashed with MPs when he appeared before the all-party group on Argentina.
Mr Timerman told the MPs that Argentina would not recognise a referendum of the islanders planned for next month on whether they want to remain part of the UK. He said:
Argentina's foreign minister has predicted that the Falkland Islands will be under the South American country's control within two decades in an interview with the Guardian.
Hector Timerman told the newspaper: "I don't think it will take another 20 years. I think that the world is going through a process of understanding more and more that this is a colonial issue."
The minister ruled out a military solution to the sovereignty dispute, and said the interests of the existing islanders would be protected under Argentinian rule
"There is not one single country in the world which supports the right of the United Kingdom to govern over the Malvinas," he added.