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Falkland Islanders celebrate referendum win

Falkland Islanders celebrated after the resounding referendum results Credit: EBU

Falkland Islanders have been celebrating the referendum results after residents voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory, with 99.8% declaring themselves in favour during a two-day referendum in the capital Port Stanley.

Flags flew with many dressing up in red white and blue Credit: RTV

A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast, a turnout of 92% of the islanders eligible to vote.

Flags flew with many dressing up in red white and blue Credit: RTV

Falkland Islanders: 'Argentina must pay attention'

Falklands United on behalf of the Falklands United Movement have launched an outspoken attack on President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina in a statement released after the referendum results.

Tonight the Government of Argentina and the rest of the world heard our voice. It is a Falklands voice. It is a British voice.

Tonight is without doubt a very special moment for Falkland Islanders but even more so for democracy.

We have been treated by the Argentine Government as if we don’t exist – or at least as if we have no rights. We have been told that within twenty years our home will be under the control of a nation that we know does not have our best interests at heart. This will never happen and we have resolutely voted against that.

Argentina must pay attention and accept the result of our referendum. Failure to do so suggests that they have priorities other than democracy and freedom of people to choose their own future. In the modern world surely these priorities must be condemned.

These messages have been humbling and a sign that in addition to most of South America, Argentine citizens are growing tired of the Kirchner Government.


Falklands received 'supportive tweets' from Argentina

UK Representative for the Falklands Islands Government, Sukey Cameron, told Daybreak that the referendum result has shown the world that the Falklands has "a voice."

She said the rest of Southern America is coming round to the idea that the Falklands will stay British.

Mrs Cameron added that they had received a "lot of supportive tweets from people in Argentina."

Argentinian journalist: Vote 'won't make any difference'

Journalist Celina Andreassi, from the Argentina Independent in Buenos Aires, said the strength of the Yes vote had been "quite predictable".

The majority of people here agree with the official position, that the issue is not about self-determination and it is not about whether the islanders consider themselves British or not, because obviously everyone knows that they do and that they are British.

The issue for most people here is that whether the territory is Argentine or British, not the people themselves.

I really don't think this referendum is going to make much of a difference... both sides are going to remain really strong in their position and we are probably going to continue where we are for a long, long time.

Hague: All countries should accept referendum results

Foreign Secretary William Hague had insisted only the people of the Falkland Islands can determine their own future. Credit: PA

Following the referendum result Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I welcome today's result, which demonstrates more clearly than ever the Falkland Islanders' wish to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.

"We have always been clear that we believe in the rights of the Falklands people to determine their own futures and to decide on the path they wish to take. It is only right that, in the 21st century, these rights are respected.

"All countries should accept the results of this referendum and support the Falkland Islanders as they continue to develop their home and their economy. I wish them every success in doing so."


Falklands referendum 'changes nothing' for Argentina

Falkland Islanders have just a few hours left to vote in a referendum on whether they want to remain a British overseas territory.

The outcome is expected to be strongly in favour, although this may ultimately have little impact on the dispute with Argentina which has said it does not recognise the referendum.

ITV News' International Editor Bill Neely reports from Buenos Aires in Argentina:

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