Falklands to Vote on British Status

    Bill Poole aged 85, Falkland Islander, stands on March 7, 2013 in Port Stanley, beside posters calling to vote YES to remain British in the referendum which will be held on the Falklands Islands (Malvinas, for Argentina), on March 10 and 11, asking the islanders whether they wish to retain their status as a self-governing British overseas territory. Argentina says the vote is illegal. Great Britain has held the islands since 1833, but Argentine forces invaded them in 1982, prompting then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to send ships and troops to reclaim control. The 74-day war left 649 Argentines and 255 Britons dead. AFP PHOTO/Tony Chater        (Photo credit should read TONY CHATER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Is this 1982 again? The Falkland Islands will go to the polls Sunday and Monday to vote on whether to remain part of Britain—and are expected to answer with an overwhelming yes. Argentina has long claimed it should control the tiny cluster of islands, 30 years after the 74-day conflict between Argentina and Britain for control. Even if the population votes to stay part of Britain as expected, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has said the inhabitants’ wishes are irrelevant. Many Argentines believe the islands should be part of their country—and the recovery of them is in the national Constitution.

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