The Sun newspaper has published an advertisement in an English-language Argentinian newspaper, the Buenos Aires Herald, defending Britain’s sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
The controversial ad, which tells Argentinians to keep their “hands off” the islands, has followed president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner publishing an open letter in the Independent and Guardian newspapers yesterday, accusing Britain of colonialism.
The Sun’s ad in the Herald, which has a circulation of around 20,000, goes on to dispute Argentina's claim to the islands, and states that British sovereignty dates back to 1765, ending with the words: "Until the people of the Falkland Islands choose to become Argentinian, they remain resolutely British."
Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Argentinian journalist Celina Andreassi said the reaction in Argentina would “probably be anger”.
“People will wonder what has the Sun got to do with it, but again the arguments the Sun puts forward are the arguments the British have generally put forward; the arguments our press put forward are the same as always - basically there's really nothing new," she said.