British PM David Cameron on Tuesday urged Argentina to respect the wishes of the Falkland Islanders after they voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to remain a British territory.
A near unanimous 99.8% of the 1,672 eligible voters in the disputed South Atlantic archipelago voted “yes”, according to official results, with a 92% turnout.
Only three of the 1,517 valid ballots were cast against staying an internally self-governing British territory.
The islanders organised the vote in response to increasingly vocal demands for sovereignty by Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, who claims Britain is illegally occupying the islands.
Her government has dismissed the referendum as meaningless and said it would not affect its claims on the Falklands.