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Argentina Condemns UK Military Exercises In Falklands Islands

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Uploaded on Oct 10, 2010

The Argentine government has expressed anger over Britain's plans for military exercises in the Falkland Islands, nearly 30 years after the two countries fought a war over their sovereignty. Britain still maintains a permanent military presence on the islands.

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Nearly 30 years after Argentina's war with Britain over the Falkland Islands, tensions between the two countries are rising again.

The UK has announced plans to carry out military exercises in the area, which still bears marks of the 1982 war.

British officials said the drills would involve firing missiles, but no further details were given.

Argentina's foreign ministry has demanded a cancellation of the planned exercises.

[Alberto D'Aloto, Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister]
"The Argentine government rejects the carrying out of these exercises because it constitutes an unacceptable provocation and has the propensity to generate a regional arms race. This completely contradicts the Argentine policy of searching for a peaceful solution to the controversy in accordance with the international community's calls."

Monuments and graveyards on the islands are reminders of the 10-week conflict that left about 650 Argentine and 255 British troops dead.

The two countries have already been at odds over British oil and gas exploration around the Falklands.

Britain still maintains a permanent military presence on the islands, and has some 1,000 troops stationed in the region.

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