FALKLAND ISLANDERS CAST THEIR VOTE – Yesterday the polls opened and the Falkland Islanders came out to make their views be known as to whether they want the Falkland Island to remain British Sovereign Territory or be ruled by Argentina.
Diplomatic tensions have never eased between Britain and Argentina ever since the island were invaded in 1981 which forced the British Government, then under the helm of Margaret Thatcher, to defend what it believed was Sovereign Territory. The British declared victory and restored the island back to the people.
As usual there is saber rattling from Argentina who stat that the vote has no legal grounds and that the British are occupying a territory that Argentina has sovereign rights over.
The British Government expect a high number of Falkland Islanders will turn out to vote and judging by the images coming in from Reuters it appears apparent that they have already made up their minds as to who’s sovereignty they wish to fall under.
“We hope the undecideds, or the uninformeds, or those countries that might otherwise be prepared to give the nod to Argentina’s sovereignty claim, might have pause for thought after the referendum.” John Fowler, Deputy Editor Penguin News – Falklands Weekly Newspaper
The Falkland Islands currently has a population of approximately 2,500 people and is some 8,000 miles from the capital of Great Britain. From the news articles I have read the Falkland Islanders would much rather fall under British Sovereignty however they do consider themselves to be ‘Falkland Islanders’ first and foremost and this is understandable.
In what appears to be a foregone conclusion, the Islanders will vote British Sovereignty, and it is up to the British Government to clearly tell the Argentinians that these islands sovereignty are no longer up for debate – cased closed, change the subject.