Falkland Islanders mark day of Argentine defeat

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 5:55 PM
Falkland Islanders mark day of Argentine defeat

Falkland Islanders are celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the day British troops forced Argentina to give up its occupation.

Amid heavy snowfall, about 350 people followed a military parade down Stanley's Ross Road to Liberation Monument, where speeches were given honoring the sacrifices of British soldiers.

Britain's Latin America Minister Jeremy Browne laid a wreath, as did the islands' British Gov. Nigel Haywood and legislative assembly member Jan Cheek.

Argentina still claims the islands are part of its national territory, but Browne said in an interview on Falklands Radio that islanders alone must determine their future.