December 8, 2013
'We'll respect the islanders' right; Argentina just wants to shout down their will,' Cameron
United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron assured today that the UK will “respect and defend” the result of the political status referendum that Malvinas islanders will hold next year in order to decide their future among Argentina’s claims on sovereignty over the South Atlantic archipelago.
In a strongly worded statement, Cameron said that Buenos Aires wants to put the islanders' choice of sovereignty in doubt "by shouting down the islanders' ability to speak for themselves and punishing them for exercising their own free choice. That's why it's absolutely right that the islanders have today set out how they intend to make their voices heard once more. And Britain will be resolute in supporting that choice."
He added: "I have always said it is up to the Falkland Islanders themselves to choose whether they want to be British and that the world should listen to their views. Thirty years ago they made clear that they wanted to stay British. That's why British forces bravely liberated the island from Argentine invaders.
To end, the British leader added: "Next year's referendum will determine beyond doubt the views of the people of the Falklands [Malvinas]. Britain will respect and defend their choice. We look to all UN members to live up to their responsibilities under the UN charter and accept the islanders' decision about how they want to live."