Nigel Morris
The Independent

January 19, 2012

A war of words broke out between Britain and Argentina last night after David Cameron accused the South American nation of “colonialism” over its claim to the Falkland Islands.

The Argentinian government retaliated by condemning the Prime Minister’s comments as “absolutely offensive”.

Diplomatic tensions between the two countries are rising ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict in which British forces defeated an Argentinian occupying force.

The Prime Minister told MPs yesterday that he wanted, in the face of recent rhetoric from Buenos Aires, to send a “strong message” about the islanders’ right to decide their own future.

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