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Argentina balks at Falklands in EU

April 29, 2005 at 11:44 AM   |   Comments

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (UPI) -- Argentina is lodging a complaint with the European Union about the inclusion of the Falkland Islands in the EU constitution, La Nacion reported Friday.

According to Foreign Minister Rafael Bielsa, Argentina's 25 ambassadors in EU countries are filing complaints with each member country.

The Falkland Islands -- A British territory off the coast of Argentina -- have long been a point of contention between England and the South American nation.

In 1982, the two nations waged a short-lived war over the islands, leaving some 900 people dead, mostly Argentines.

Argentine officials are concerned that if the islands are include in the constitution as a British overseas protectorate, then their ongoing struggle to regain control of them will be waged against the European Union and not just Great Britain.

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