Diplomacy: Thanks, But No Thanks

Thanks, But No Thanks

After 74 days and 1,000 deaths, the 1982 war between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands ended in a formal British victory, right? Wrong. While the British did defeat the Argentines in battle, no cease-fire was ever signed between the two belligerents, so technically the war goes on.

Argentina last week proposed an end to hostilities and a resumption of normal diplomatic relations if Britain would lift a 150-mile protective zone around the Falkland Islands that keeps out Argentine ships. Argentina also wanted to discuss the sovereignty of the British-held Falklands (pop. 2,000), which Argentina claims and calls Las Malvinas.


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