The Argentine-British dispute over the Falkland/
By the time many of you read these lines, residents of the 3,200 population British-held Falkland/
An estimated 60 journalists from around the world were expected to visit the remote islands to witness the referendum, which will be held Sunday and Monday. Top members of the islands'
By demanding bilateral negotiations with
While not as suicidal as
In an extended interview last week, during a stop in
Smith added that "having a referendum that actually demonstrates officially what their view is will really enhance and strengthen the islanders' position."
Smith charged that Fernandez's government has been waging a diplomatic and economic campaign to "strangle the prosperity of the islanders."
"'There was a time, a few years ago, when we did have constructive discussions (with
"The island's population was implanted there by force in 1833," when the British occupied the islands and expelled the Argentines, he said. "The islanders could have saved themselves from holding this referendum, because there's no question that they are British," he added.
This means that when the British occupied the islands in 1833 and called them Falklands, they occupied Argentine territory and populated them with British settlers, according to Goeble's study, and to 1983 sequel by
But Fernandez's overheated rhetoric, as well as her government's moves against the islanders, are more designed to win applause at home than to help
Sure, winning over the islanders through economic and cultural exchanges may take generations. But by escalating tensions, the Argentine government has brought about a referendum that will give
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