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Falkland Islands

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) the government in Port Stanley and (b) her counterpart in Buenos Aires on the Falkland Islands' relations with Argentina. (118974)

There is a close and continuing dialogue between the Government and Falkland Island Government on a wide range of issues including relations with Argentina, for which the Government have responsibility. In our frequent discussions with Argentina, the UK has made it clear that it values its relationship with Argentina and wants it to be as constructive and as positive as possible. The Government and Falkland Island Government are willing to consider closer co-operation with the Argentine Government on matters of mutual interest, provided it is understood that the issue of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and other UK overseas territories is not negotiable.