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":
Talk of the Falklands being Argentine in 20 years makes for good headlines - but smacks of desperation.
Mr Timerman dismisses us as 'settlers'. Well, we are settlers. Like countries across the continent of the Americas, we came into existence through waves of settlement from Europe and elsewhere.
Indeed, we Falkland islanders settled in our home long before many parts of Argentina were settled by the Argentines.
We are a thriving community, with a growing international voice. We want good neighbourly relations with Argentina, we are willing to talk with them and we cannot be ignored.
More top news
Nicola Sturgeon has attacked the "scale and speed" of the Conservatives' planned spending cuts in her first major post-election speech.
Mobile phone giant O2 has apologised after service suddenly went down in a number of areas across the UK, sparking a flood of complaints.
A grandma who became an online hit when her grandson started tweeting pictures of her balancing things on her head has gone viral - again.