Argentina ‘will rule Falklands by 2033’

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ARGENTINA will control the Falkland Islands within 20 years, the country’s foreign minister claimed yesterday.

Visiting London for the first time, Hector Timerman ruled out a military solution to the long-standing dispute over sovereignty, but said Britain was internationally isolated in its claim to the islands.

He denounced the British as “fanatics” and said they were only interested in the islands because of their oil reserves.

“I don’t think it will take another 20 years. I think that the world is going through a process of understanding more and more that this is a colonial issue, an issue of colonialism, and that the people living there were transferred to the islands. I think the fanatics are not in Buenos Aires [but] maybe in the United Kingdom because they are 8,700 miles away from the islands.”