Falkland Islands to vote on keeping British rule

  • The 3,000 inhabitants of the Falklands Islands are to decide whether they want to stay part of Britain's self-governing overseas territories in a referendum.

    The referendum has been designed to overrule Argentina's sovereignty claims to the South Atlantic archipelago.

    Britain and Argentina waged a brief war over the disputed islands in 1982.

    Tensions between the two nations escalated in the year leading up to the 30th anniversary of the conflict as British companies start to explore for oil in the region.

    Argentina has accused Britain of maintaining "colonial enclaves", urging it to hold sovereignty talks.

    In response, Britain has stated the Falklands are self-governing, adding that talks would only take place if the islanders wanted them.

    The vote is expected to take place in early 2013.