BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s Army Chief Diego Luis Suner said the “Falkland Islands cause” continues to be a “national, permanent and inalienable objective” of the Argentinian people, on the 34th anniversary of the war that pitted the country against Britain over sovereignty of the islands, which are called Malvinas in Argentina.
In a statement on Saturday, Suner said the Falkland Islands are “not just a feeling, it is an inseparable part of Argentina, its present and a challenge for the future.”
Argentina and Britain fought over the sovereignty of the islands beginning April 1982 when Argentine troops landed on the archipelago, the war ended in June the same year with their surrender to the British forces.
“April 2, 1982 is an unforgettable date in the glorious history of the homeland,” said Suner, calling it the “anniversary of the recovery” of the islands.
The conflict claimed the lives of 255 British and 649 Argentinian soldiers and three islanders.
The Falkland Islands have been in Britain’s hands since 1833 and the British government refuses to negotiate its status, saying the decision belongs to the island’s people who, in a 2013 referendum, declared their wish to continue being British; however, this is not internationally recognized.
The Argentinian army head remarked the “Falkland Islands cause remains a permanent and unwavering” goal for Argentina.