Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th September 2010.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries in north, central and south America recognise British sovereignty in the Falkland Islands.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The majority of north, central and south American countries do not recognise either British or Argentine sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, although most do support Argentine calls for dialogue over sovereignty. However, the UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, and the principle of self determination underlies this position. There can be no negotiations on sovereignty unless and until the islanders so wish. The UN continues to recognise UK administration of the Falkland Islands.

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