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Lord Cameron, the foreign secretary, has made it unequivocally clear that the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands is not open for discussion as long as their residents

desire to maintain their status as a British territory.

Preparations are underway for Lord Cameron's historic visit to the islands, marking the first such visit by a cabinet minister since 2016. The visit coincides with escalating calls from Argentina's President Javier Milei for the South Atlantic archipelago to be ceded to Argentina.

This diplomatic engagement comes ahead of a gathering of foreign ministers from G20 nations, including both Argentina and the UK.

Lord Cameron reiterated the enduring stance of the UK government, emphasizing that the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands remains non-negotiable as long as its inhabitants express a desire to remain part of the British family.

In anticipation of his visit, Lord Cameron stated, "The Falkland Islands are an integral part of the British community, and it is crystal clear that as long as their residents wish to maintain this status, the issue of sovereignty will not be open for discussion."

He commended the Falkland Islanders for their achievements in building a modern and prosperous community.

The foreign secretary's visit occurs amid persistent demands from Argentina for the transfer of governance over the self-governing territory to Buenos Aires. Following his recent meeting with President Milei, who asserts Argentina's irrevocable sovereignty over the islands known as Islas Malvinas, the Foreign Office affirmed a mutual agreement to maintain differing views with courtesy.

The Falkland Islands, located 8,000 miles from the UK and 300 miles off the coast of Argentina, were the focal point of a conflict in 1982, resulting in casualties on both sides. In a referendum in 2013, with a remarkable 90% turnout, Falkland Islanders overwhelmingly voted to retain their status as a UK overseas territory.

President Milei has previously suggested a Hong Kong-style transfer of sovereignty and has emphasized that war is not a viable solution to the dispute.

During Lord Cameron's visit, he is expected to pay homage to those who lost their lives during the conflict, engage with leaders of the Falkland Islands government in the capital Stanley, and encounter the indigenous penguin population.

This visit follows the last cabinet ministerial visit to the islands by then-Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in 2016. Additionally, Lord Cameron is scheduled to visit Paraguay, marking the first visit by a British foreign secretary to the South American nation, before attending a G20 meeting in Brazil. Photo by Wikimedia commons.