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|DAVID Cameron today accused Argentina of running a "policy of confrontation" over the Falklands.|
DAVID Cameron today accused Argentina of running a "policy of confrontation" over the Falklands.
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The verbal broadside from Downing Street came after reports suggested the South American stateís government was calling on companies to stop importing goods from the UK.
The PMís official spokesman said that the Argentine move was "counter-productive" and amounted to a misreading of British resolve over the disputed islands.
The Foreign Office is raising the issue with the Argentine embassy.
Argentine state news today reported that industry minister Debora Giorgi has called on the countryís top companies to replace imports from the UK with goods produced elsewhere.
Her initiative marks the latest escalation of the confrontation over the islands as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches.
Buenos Aires has complained to the United Nations of British "militarisation" of the south Atlantic following the deployment of a new Royal Navy warship to the islands as well as Prince Williamís tour of duty there.
On Monday, two cruise ships were turned back from the Argentine port of Ushuaia, apparently because they had visited the Falklands.
Asked about the reported plan to block British imports, Mr Cameronís spokesman told reporters at a regular media briefing in Westminster: "It is clearly very sad that Argentina continues with their policy of confrontation instead of co-operation.
"We think that is counter-productive and also a complete misreading of Britainís resolve on this issue.
"The UK is also a major investor in Argentina and we import goods from Argentina. It is not in Argentinaís economic interest to put up barriers of this sort.
"The right approach here is one of co-operation, not confrontation."