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Argentina hits out at Johnson's plan to establish a military base in Las Malvinas

ARGENTINA accused Britain of colonialism earlier this week as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to establish a military base in Las Malvinas, also known as the Falkland Islands.

Mr Johnson said British troops would “maintain a permanent presence in the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and the British Indian Ocean Territory” as he announced his Defence Review on Wednesday.

His plans to defend the islands off the coast of Argentina “by force” were described as “fallacious” by Argentinian Defence Minister Daniel Vilmos.

“The United Kingdom is reasserting its colonial view,” he said, warning against “increasing the British arms race at a time when the world is concerned about saving lives in the midst of a pandemic.

“It makes no sense, because Argentina has repeatedly stated that the only way to regain the islands is by diplomacy, negotiation and compliance with United Nations resolutions that speak of a bilateral dialogue,” Mr Vilmos added.

The two countries went to war over the islands in 1982, with a British taskforce sent to repel an Argentinean attempt to retake them.

Argentina has refused to renounce its claim, with President Alberto Fernandez telling the UN general assembly last year that Britain’s 187-year illegal occupation must end, and called for negotiations to resolve the issue.

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