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No surprise in Falklands vote

A-woman-shows-her-T-shirt-in-Stanley-Falkland-Islands-on-March-10-2013.-Image-via-AFP.

Take that, Argentina....

It's a landslide: 99.98% of Falklanders have expressed a strong preference for remaining British.  The turnout was 92% of eligible voters.  Only three malcontents voted "no" (perhaps self-loathing Labourites?)

The response from Argentina is predictably Latrinesque.

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From The Guardian UK:

Falkland Islands: respect overwhelming 'yes' vote, Prime Minister Cameron tells Argentina

Only three vote against staying British in unsurprising landslide, which Argentina dismisses as irrelevant.

David Cameron has called on Argentina to respect the wishes of the people of the Falkland Islands after they voted overwhelmingly for the territory to stay British in an unsurprising but still historical referendum that aims to send a defiant message to Argentina and the outside world.

The prime minister said Argentina should take "careful note" of the referendum result and that Britain would always be there to defend the Falkland Islanders.

Despite near zero temperatures and flurries of snow and rain, the turnout was 92% from an electorate of 1,650. All but three people voted yes to the question posed on the ballots: "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom?"

Nobody expected anything but a landslide in a vote that the Argentinian government had dismissed as illegal. Regardless, the islanders said they were delighted at the strong show of unity at a time when the Falklands are coming under increasing pressure from Buenos Aires and its allies in South America....

...In Argentina the result was dismissed with angry words by the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. "We must denounce this trickery that pretends to represent the popular participation of an implanted population," said Senator Daniel Filmus, a close collaborator of the president. "This publicity stunt has no validity for international law."

Argentina's Senate is preparing to vote this week on a motion to reject the Falklands referendum and reaffirm Argentina's longstanding claim to the islands it calls Las Malvinas. "The United Kingdom lacks any right at all to pretend to alter the juridical status of these territories even with the disguise of a hypothetical referendum," said Argentina's foreign minister, Hector Timerman.

Much more HERE.

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