1,672 Falkland Islands’ residents voted yesterday on the final day of a two-day referendum called to make clear their desire to remain a British colony, despite claims of sovereignty of Argentina.
“Let’s see if the Argentines finally learn that this land is not theirs,” said one of the board members, after giving the outcome of the vote. 98.8% of those invited to the referendum on the political status of Falkland Islands (Malvinas to the Argentines) expressed their decision not to accept any citizenship other than the British.
The consultation lasted from Sunday morning until six in the afternoon yesterday, with the participation of more than 90 percent of those entitled to vote.
In the coming days, the governor of the archipelago, Nigel Haywood, will take the ballots to the UN headquarters, so the decolonization committee will note the statement made in the Falkland Islands.
On his behalf, David Cameron, UK prime minister, said that “the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands could not speak more clearly. They want to remain British and the whole world, including Argentina, should respect this point of view .. Falkland Islands may be thousands of miles away, but are British deep to the narrow and that’s what they want to remain. People need to know that we will always be there to defend them. ”
Meanwhile, the Argentine government, insisted yesterday that the referendum in the Falkland Islands has no legal value. “It’s an illegal worthless maneuver. It has not been convened nor supervised by the United Nations,” said Argentina’s ambassador in London, Alicia Castro. “We respect their wish to remain British, but the territory they inhabit is not,” she added.