UK defiant on Falklands sovereignty

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The United Kingdom has "no doubt" about its sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, a British government minister said Tuesday.

The response comes after Argentine President Cristina Kirchner requested new talks with Britain over the disputed islands, which lie off Argentina's coast in the South Atlantic.

Speaking at a summit in Spain for countries of Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, British Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne said British sovereignty is supported by the European Union.

"We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the Falkland Islands," said Browne, who is Britain's minister of state for Latin America. "The principle of self-determination as set out in the U.N. charter applies. There cannot be negotiation on sovereignty unless and until the Falkland Islanders so wish."

Kirchner asked at the summit that the United Kingdom open negotiations on the islands, repeating a request she first issued Friday to the new British government. The Falklands are known in Argentina as the Malvinas....

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