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Falklands : FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO RECOGNISE FALKLANDS’ REFERENDUM
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 20.04.2013 (Article Archived on 25.05.2013)

A Florida Congressman, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives on Thursday to recognize the recent Falkland Islands referendum.

FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO RECOGNISE FALKLANDS’ REFERENDUM

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

A Florida Congressman, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives on Thursday to recognize the recent Falkland Islands referendum.



He told the House, "As Americans, we have long cherished the principle of self-determination, and stand in solidarity with the islanders in their choice to retain their status as a British Overseas Territory"



Residents of the Falkland Islands held a referendum on March 10 and 11 to determine whether they wished to remain a British Overseas Territory, with islanders voting 99.8 percent in favour of retaining their status within the U.K.



For 74 days Argentina controlled the Falklands as well as briefly in 1832-33, but generations of Falkland islanders occupied them for nearly 150 years when Argentine forces invaded the Falklands and the nearby British territory of South Georgia in 1982, provoking the Falklands War.



Despite a successful outcome for the U.K. and restoration of relations in 1989, Argentina has refused to recognise she lost the conflict and still claims the Falklands.



Saying the islanders had made their wishes clear, Diaz-Balart urged his "colleagues and the international community to respect the overwhelming results of the referendum and honour the right of self-determination for free people."



A bipartisan group of 15 House members, including Eni Faleomavaega of American Samoa and John Campbell of California, joined him as original co-sponsors.

 

 

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