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Both sides to hold memorials

world Updated: Apr 03, 2012 00:16 IST

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Britain and Argentina will on Monday mark 30 years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands triggered a 74-day war.

The conflict ended in defeat for Argentina, costing the lives of 649 of its troops after Britain sent a task force to the South Atlantic archipelago to reclaim the territory which it has ruled since 1833. Britain lost 255 servicemen.

In recent years, there have been fresh Argentine claims of sovereignty and a battle to exploit offshore oil deposits.