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|The moment David Cameron refuses to accept letter marked ’Malvinas’ from Argentine president|
The moment David Cameron refuses to accept letter marked ’Malvinas’ from Argentine president as she confronts him over Falklands at G20 meeting
David Cameron was involved in an extraordinary stand-up discussion with Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on 19 Jun 2012 over the future of the Falkand Islands.
The Argentine leader appeared to attempt to thrust a package stuffed with documents into Mr Cameron’s hands at the G20 summit in Mexico.
To her fury, the Prime Minister refused to accept it – and insisted that she respect the views of the islanders, who want to remain British.
Witnesses said the A4 envelope was marked ‘UN/Malvinas’ – a reference to Argentina’s name for the islands.
The Prime Minister told Mrs Kirchner: ‘I am not proposing a full discussion now on the Falklands but I hope you have noted that they are holding a referendum and you should respect their views. We should believe in self-determination and act as democrats here in the G20.’
Mr Cameron said later: ‘I told Kirchner that if she believes in democracy then she should respect the will of the people of the Falklands, and I wanted to use this opportunity to tell her this, which I did with some vigour.’
One witness said Mrs Kirchner responded to Mr Cameron with ‘some ramblings about Spanish headlines, UN and Malvinas’.
They added: ‘Her interpreter couldn’t keep up.’
The conversation apparently ended when Mr Cameron walked off. A Downing Street official said: ‘If they do want to give us a letter, then it’s easy enough to find the UK delegation office at the G20.
‘But we don’t need an envelope from Kirchner to know what the UN resolutions say.’
They added: ‘All the UN resolutions refer to the UN charter, which enshrines the principle of self-determination and that is what we are asking the
Argentines to respect.’
The Islanders announced plans for a referendum next year in an attempt to fend off Argentinian claims to the territory, which have become more vocal around the 30th anniversary of the 1982 war.