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Brazil backs Argentina's complaint with EU

May 2, 2005 at 9:36 PM   |   Comments

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 2 (UPI) -- Brazil Monday supported Argentina's complaint with the European Union about the inclusion of the Falkland Islands in the EU constitution.

Speaking during a developing nation's meeting in Paris, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Brazil was uncomfortable at the islands' inclusion in the proposed document, O Globo reported.

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 included in the constitution as a British overseas protectorate, their ongoing struggle to regain control of them will be waged against the European Union and not just Great Britain.

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