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Falklanders to hold referendum

The Falkland Islands are to hold a referendum next year on their "political status" in an attempt to bring an end to the continuing dispute with Argentina over the islands' sovereignty, their government has announced.

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  1. Libby Wiener

PM spokesman: Argentine rhetoric 'deeply unhelpful'

Britain had behind-the-scenes discussions with the Falkland Islands ahead of today’s announcement on a referendum on their sovereignty, the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman disclosed this afternoon. But she insisted that the decision to go-ahead with the vote was taken by the Islanders themselves.

Admitting the result was certain to be a yes vote, she said: “ It sends a very clear message to the world what their position is on their right to self-determination.” Recent rhetoric from the Argentine government had been “deeply unhelpful”, she added.

Asked whether the Prime Minister would be campaigning, she said his views on the issue were very clear but she didn’t envisage him taking part.

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