May 19, 2013
'There's no much clearer expression of people's self determination than this,' Islands Governor
After Malvinas Islanders voted almost unanimously to remain under British rule, the Islands British Governor, Nigel Haywood, said “This was a pretty massive demonstration of the way the Falkland [Malvinas] islanders feel and the way they see their future."
Likewise, the British official remembered that “Obviously it's a major principle of the United Nations that a people have their right to self determination and you don't get a much clearer expression of the people's self determination than such a large turn out and such a large 'yes' vote.”
Meanwhile, Argentina's ambassador to London Alicia Castro dismissed the referendum saying it is “a ploy that has no legal value.”
Of the 1,649 Malvinas-born and long-term residents registered to vote, 92 percent of them participated in the referendum and 98.8% voted to remain as British Overseas Territory and only three voted “no”.