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Argentine ambassador summoned to FCO in fresh row

The Argentine ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday in a fresh diplomatic row about the Falkland Islands, officials have said.

Last week, Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and ambassador Alicia Castro launched new criticism of the UK Government's plan to boost defences on the islands.

Argentina's Prime Minister Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been vocal in reasserting its claim to the islands. Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

It has also been suggested oil firms could be prosecuted if they start work in the waters around the islands without formal permission from Argentina.

The UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas, nor about the Falkland Islanders' right to decide their own future.

We object strongly to recent statements by the Argentine president and the Argentine ambassador to London and so summoned the ambassador to account for these.

– Foreign Office spokesman