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Return of Argentinean President Revives Dispute with London

The return of President Cristina Fernandez to lead the Argentina Executive has revived the dispute between this country and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands.

After a 20-day medical leave, Fernandez on Wednesday resumed her duties with a public event, in which she renewed the claim to London to talk and negotiate on the jurisdiction over that archipelago.

The stateswoman said she will insist “with legal and diplomatic rigor,” and continue seeking support for the enforcement of the UN resolution to discuss that question.

Fernandez stated that she will continue the battle at the UN Committee on Decolonization, and criticized the British government for its diplomatic escalation in recent weeks.

The claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands also includes the defense of natural resources, because the United Kingdom “is preying on our oil and our fishery.”

The widow of former President Nestor Kirchner criticized some recent statements by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who termed Buenos Aires as colonialist for its claim.