UK , European Union in Diplomatic Row Over Falkland Islands


Falkland Islands

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has criticized the EU for its “regrettable choice of words” after it seemingly endorsed Argentina’s use of the name “Islas Malvinas” for the Falkland Islands. A diplomatic row ensued after the EU, along with Argentina and other Latin American countries, referred to the islands as “Islas Malvinas” in a joint declaration.

The EU decided to refer to the Falkland Islands as “Las Malvina” in diplomatic documents. Image from Twitter/@FalklandsGov

Downing Street stated that any suggestion of the EU recognizing Argentina’s claims on the Falklands would be unacceptable. The EU later clarified that its position on the Falklands had not changed. The Falkland Islands, according to Sunak’s spokesman, are British, as confirmed by the islanders themselves in a 2013 referendum where 99.8% voted to be part of the UK family. The UK will continue to defend the Falklands’ right to self-determination in international forums.

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