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Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Residents of the Falkland Islands queued up on Sunday to vote in a referendum intended to show the world that they want to stay British amid increasingly bellicose claims by Argentina. Buenos Aires has dismissed the vote as meaningless, but witnesses reported up to 90 people waiting in the rain to vote at the single polling station in the capital Stanley an hour after it opened.

UPDATE 1-Falklands votes in sovereignty referendum rejected by Argentina

* Argentina intensifies claim over British-ruled territory * Islanders vote on keeping sovereignty status quo * Buenos Aires says referendum illegal, irrelevant * Oil drilling fuels Argentine calls for negotiations By Juan Bustamante STANLEY, Falkland Islands, March 10 (Reuters) - Residents of the Falkland Islands started voting on Sunday in a sovereignty referendum that seeks to counter Argentina's increasingly assertive claim over the British-ruled territory.

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world (VIDEO)

Falkland Islanders are holding a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British in defiance of increasingly bellicose claims to the territory by Argentina.

Facts about the Falkland Islands

Factfile on the Falkland Islands, which hold a referendum Sunday and Monday on their status as a British overseas territory: GENERAL: Population: 2,563 Capital: Stanley (2,121 residents) Other chief settlements: Goose Green (70), Port Howard (20) Status: Self-governing British Overseas Territory Islanders' self-declared national identity: 59 percent Falkland Islander; 29 percent British; 9.8 percent St Helenian; 5.4 percent Chilean Main religion: Anglican Timezone: GMT minus 4

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Falkland Islanders hold a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal. Residents of the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic have hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant "YES" made of four-wheel drives ahead of the vote. In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.

Falklands oil bonanza still distant prospect: experts

The prospect of an oil bonanza around the Falkland Islands is heightening tensions between Britain and Argentina, but commercial exploitation of reserves remains a distant possibility, industry experts say. Diplomatic friction between London and Buenos Aires has intensified since 2010, when London first authorised oil prospecting in the waters around the South Atlantic archipelago.

Falklands votes in sovereignty referendum rejected by Argentina

* Argentina intensifies claim over British-ruled territory * Islanders to vote on keeping sovereignty status quo * Buenos Aires says referendum irresponsible, irrelevant * Oil drilling fuels Argentine calls for negotiations By Juan Bustamante STANLEY, Falkland Islands, March 10 (Reuters) - Residents of the Falkland Islands vote on Sunday in a sovereignty referendum aimed at countering Argentina's increasingly assertive claim over the British-ruled territory.

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Falkland Islanders hold a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal. Residents of the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic have hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant "YES" made of four-wheel drives ahead of the vote. In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.

Falklands referendum is legally irrelevant: Argentina

Sunday and Monday's referendum in the Falklands Islands over whether to keep the archipelago under British rule will not affect the legal status of the disputed islands, a senior diplomat said. In a move instigated by residents of the island chain, the 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to retain their status as an internally self-governing British overseas territory. "From the international law perspective, it is utterly meaningless," Argentine's Ambassador to Britain Alicia Castro said.

Argentina says Falklands referendum will change nothing

Argentina on Friday dismissed the upcoming referendum in the Falklands Islands over the question of whether to keep the archipelago British, saying the vote will have no impact on the dispute. In a move instigated by residents of the island chain, the 1,672 eligible voters are being asked specifically whether they want the Falklands to retain their status as an internally self-governing British overseas territory.
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