Falklands to hold referendum

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#3
"The Government called for the referendum just two days before Ms de Kirchner is due to attend a UN committee in New York on de-colonisation."

Nice one. Wind from sails hopefully. But I doubt it.
 
#4
#5
It will make no difference to De Kirchner. Her policy is to ignore the wishes of the inhabitants of the islands and supplant one alleged form of "colonialism" for a kind considered by her to be morally and politically acceptable (i.e. one in which Argentina gains sovereignty over the islands).
 
#10
Although there is no indigenous population in the Falklands ... unless the penguins are voting?
Hmm, how many generations does someone have to live in a place to be called indigenous? does any one have an answer?

Technically the only truly 'indigenous' people in the world are Africans, since this is where human life started.
 
#11
It's intriguing to see if this'll impinge on De Kirchner or if, as I suspect, they'll blatantly ignore it as colonialist propaganda.
 
#12
What are the chances of this going pete tong with a slightly different result than anticipated?

People can be very fickle when it comes to voting the way they are supposed to.

Some might get it into their heads that there be oil down there and perhaps independence might be a better way to go - with negotiated NATO membership (yes I know but don’t bring geography into it, NATO doesn't).

Result: the world’s wealthiest sheep with the obliged military backing of Britain and U.S. if the Argies kick off again.
 
#13
What are the chances of this going pete tong with a slightly different result than anticipated?

People can be very fickle when it comes to voting the way they are supposed to.

Some might get it into their heads that there be oil down there and perhaps independence might be a better way to go - with negotiated NATO membership (yes I know but don’t bring geography into it, NATO doesn't).

Result: the world’s wealthiest sheep with the obliged military backing of Britain and U.S. if the Argies kick off again.
Didn't get that impression in 1994 when I was down there chatting to a couple of locals. They wished that the world in general would fcuk off and leave them alone.
 
#14
Falkland Islands plan referendum 'to send a message to Argentina' - Telegraph

Shall we see if Argentina supports the UN policy of upholding the democratic wishes of an indigenous population.
All the inhabitants of Diego Garcia, regardless of ancestry or employment status, were involuntarily, and some claim, forcibly, relocated to other islands in the Chagos Archipelago, or to Mauritius or Seychelles by 1971 to satisfy the requirements of a UK/US Exchange of Notes signed in 1966 to depopulate the island when the US constructed a base upon it. No current agreement exists on how many of the evacuees met the criteria to be an Ilois, and thus be an indigenous person at the time of their removal, but the UK and Mauritian governments agreed in 1972 that 426 families, numbering 1,151 individuals were due compensation payments as exiled Ilois. The total number of people certified as Ilois by the Mauritian Government's Ilois Trust Fund Board in 1982 was 1,579. This involuntary relocation decision remains in litigation as of 2010
 
#15
I believe only 1 born and bred falkland islander has claimed argentinian nationality. Bet he has alot of friends down the pub


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#16
While they are at it, this referundum would be a good time to vote on re-naming the Falkland Islands to, The British Falkland Islands at the same time.

Rather makes a clear statement to the world doesn't it.
 
#17
He lives in argentina with his Mrs and I belive gets a handsome wedge from the spic goverment as a loyal argentine citizen or something unlikely to step foot back on the islands anytime soon.
 
#18
Troy: That's something I wouldn't recommend, as it would only make people wonder whether there were any Non-British Falkland Islands, and so generally be a permanent source of exasperation from painfully pedantic Argentine lawyers.
 
#20
Im confused, if the point of their arguement is the land mass is tied to the islands by 400 miles (albeit underwater) and they claim sovereignty... at only 22 miles, doesn't that mean we own Europe?

Mick. Preaching to the converted.
 

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