Argentine President Cristina Fernandez rejects a resounding ''yes'' vote from residents of the Falkland Islands to remain under British rule, calls for dialogue with the UK. Travis Brecher reports.
Residents of the Falkland Islands celebrate as the results of Monday's referendum are announced. Ninety-nine point eight percent of islanders voted in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory, with only three "no" votes out of about 1,500 cast. But Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is speaking out against the vote, which was aimed at countering Argentina's increasingly assertive claim over the South Atlantic archipelago. She said the vote in no way changes Argentina's official position on the Malvinas, as the islands are known in Spanish - and emphasized the need for dialogue. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE PRESIDENT CRISTINA FERNANDEZ, SAYING: "You all already know the historic position of the Argentine Republic, fundamentally during this government administration, in considering the question of the Malvinas it is a question of the state and claiming compliance with the United Nations resolutions regarding the need for dialogue." Argentina has laid claim to the islands since 1833, saying it inherited them from the Spanish upon achieving independence, and that the British expelled the Falklands' Argentine population. In 1982, Britain and Argentina fought a war over the territory which killed about 650 Argentines and 255 Britons. The fighting ended when Argentina surrendered, leaving the islands under British rule.