Argentina 'will not recognise Falklands referendum'

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:

The self-determination referendum doesn't apply to the Malvinas. It is not a colonised people, it is a colonised territory.

It is not a matter for negotiation. Not one single country in the world recognises the sovereignty of the United Kingdom in the Malvinas.

We have to respect the interests of the people living in the area but not the wishes.

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Argentina Falklands claim

Hector Timerman, Argentina's foreign minister, has said "there are no Falkland Islanders, only British inhabitants of the Malvinas," during a visit to the UK