Argentina’s foreign minister is sharply criticizing Britain for increasing its military capacity in the disputed Falkland Islands.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said Wednesday that Britain’s decision underscores an unwilling to negotiate and flies in the face of U.N. resolutions urging the nations to do so.
He tells local Radio Del Plata that “It’s not only a provocation for Argentina but is also an insult to the United Nations.”
On Tuesday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the military would add two transport helicopters and an enhanced communications system to its defense systems on the islands.
The islands about 500 kilometers east of Argentina’s southern Patagonian coast are claimed by both Britain and Argentina. The two countries fought over the remote archipelago in 1982 after Argentina invaded.