Argentina threatens to shut down the Falkland Islands claim, according to an ex-RAF captain.

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Argentina threatens to shut down the Falkland Islands claim because it is illegitimate, according to an ex-RAF captain.

A former RAF captain has blasted Argentina’s plot to reclaim control of the Falkland Islands.

Argentina has stepped up its claim over the British Overseas Territory ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, according to Ian Shields, who served on the Islands for four months.

He added, however, that the claim has “no more legitimacy” than it did in 1982, when Argentina invaded the islands and sparked a full-fledged war.

“I would have been far more surprised if there hadn’t been anything coming out of Argentina,” said Mr Shields, an international relations expert at Cambridge University.

“I expect the Argentine government to make a big deal out of this anniversary.”

“Their claim has no more, if not less, legitimacy than it did in 1982, when world opinion backed the British.

“I believe the Argentine claim can be dismissed in the court of global public opinion and global international politics.”

He was speaking after the South American country stepped up its claim to reclaim control of the British Overseas Territory ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Argentina’s Defense Minister, Jorge Taiana, has stated that the country will “never relinquish” its claim to the islands.

Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said in a strong statement that Britain’s refusal to resume talks is “aggravated” by the UK’s “continuous” “unilateral” actions, such as natural resource exploitation and military exercises in the region.

Mr Shields, on the other hand, argued that Western influences, rather than those from South America, benefit the people of the Falkland Islands.

“It’s worth remembering that one of the main reasons for the invasion in 1982 was to divert Argentine public attention away from massive internal problems, such as a stagnating economy and severe recession,” he said.

“Any analysis should, in my opinion, start with the domestic political context.”

“The islanders have a massive allegiance to the United Kingdom, not to any other country in South America.”

“Rather than a South American focus, the Argentinian economy is based on a European stroke Western focus.”

“Cruise ships from the Western world are responsible for the tourism industry, which is now the largest economy.”

Argentina and the United Kingdom have had a long-running diplomatic feud.

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