Argentina not to attack Malvinas Islands to regain control: FM
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Friday that his country will not attack the Malvinas Islands to restore its sovereignty, Xinhua reported.
"I am not going to be provoked by Britain's Defesese Secretary (Liam Fox)," Timerman told local radio with regard to remarks by Fox on the disputed territory, which Britain calls the Falkland Islands.
Fox said Thursday that his country did not have a plan to regain the territory as they had not lost it.
Timerman said that the only way to recover the Malvinas Islands is through peaceful negotiations.
At the beginning of this year, Argentina and Britain had a diplomatic row due to oil exploration and military operations carried out in the islands by the British government.
Argentina has lodged protests with the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Union of South American Nations and the International Maritime Committee.
Buenos Aires and London have been at loggerheads over the region for decades. Britain has held the archipelago since 1833. In 1982, Argentina's military junta invaded, prompting a short but bloody war that killed 649 Argentine and 255 British troops.