Argentinian President Kirchner compares Falklands to Crimea

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 10:12pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 10:12pm


Britain's rule over the Falkland Islands is no more acceptable than Russia's incorporation of Crimea, Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner said.

"You can't defend the territorial integrity of Crimea and not do it for the Malvinas [the Spanish name for the Falklands]," Kirchner said on Wednesday after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris.

"Territorial integrity has to apply to everyone."

Britain, France and other western countries have called for Kiev's territorial integrity to be preserved, saying Crimea is part of Ukraine and not part of Russia, which absorbed the Black Sea peninsula after it voted to join Moscow in a Sunday referendum.

Kirchner added that a March 2013 referendum on the Falkland Islands, in which 99.8 per cent of the islanders voted to remain a British overseas territory, was worthless.