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Falkland Islands

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will reiterate their policy on self-determination for the Falkland Islands following the Argentine Government’s pressing of their claim to the islands at the recent Organisation of American States annual assembly. (80324)

The permanent observer of the United Kingdom to the Organisation of American States (OAS) wrote to the chair of the General Assembly of the OAS on 6 June reiterating that the Government have no doubts about their sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

There can be no negotiations on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands unless and until such time as the Falkland Islanders so wish. The principle of self-determination underlies the Government’s position on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.