1 February 2013
Argentina has rejected an invitation from Great Britain to hold a meeting that would feature representatives of the government of the Falkland Islands to discuss the disputed archipelago.
Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said in an open letter to his British counterpart William Hague that only a bi-lateral meeting between Argentina and Britain would be acceptable.
Analysts believe that most residents of the archipelago will vote during a referendum in March for the islands to remain British.
Argentina refuses UK discussion of Las Malvinas
Argentina sternly rejected a British proposal for a meeting, between representatives, over the disputed Las Malvinas (Falkland) Islands.
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has refused to participate in the proposed negotiations on the status of the archipelago, because of the potential presence of a delegation of islanders, something insisted on by the head of the British Foreign Office, William Hague.
Timerman deplored the reluctance of Britain "to discuss the sovereignty" of the archipelago.
According to analysts, in a referendum which is to be held in March, it is predicted that most of the islanders will vote to preserve the UK presence in the Las Malvinas (Falkland) Islands.
Voice of Russia, RIA, BBC, Reuters