Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron due to arrive in Falkland Islands

Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron will arrive in the Falkland Islands on Monday in a high-profile demonstration that they are a “valued part of the British family” amid Argentinian calls for negotiations on their future.

Lord Cameron’s visit will be the first by a foreign secretary since 1994 and he stressed that the archipelago’s sovereignty is “not… up for discussion” while the islanders wish to be British.

Argentinian President Javier Milei, who met Lord Cameron last month, has called for the South Atlantic islands to be handed over to Buenos Aires.

Ahead of his trip to the South Atlantic, Lord Cameron said: “The Falkland Islands are a valued part of the British family, and we are clear that as long as they want to remain part of the family, the issue of sovereignty will not be up for discussion.”

Argentina has long claimed sovereignty over the Falklands and Mr Milei has previously suggested the UK should approach the issue in a similar way to the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

The Falklands, known as Islas Malvinas in Argentina, around 8,000 miles from Britain and 300 miles from mainland Argentina, were the subject of a bloody conflict in 1982.

Argentine President Javier Milei
Argentine President Javier Milei (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

In a 2013 referendum, the islanders voted overwhelmingly to retain their status as a UK overseas territory.

On his visit, Lord Cameron will pay his respects to the British forces who served and those who died in 1982 and thank the UK personnel based on the islands today.

He will also meet leaders of the Falkland Islands government during a visit to the capital Stanley and other sites around the overseas territory.

Falkland Islands Feature
A memorial at Fitzroy in the Falkland Islands (Catham McNaughton/PA)

On Tuesday he will head to Paraguay, the first time a British foreign secretary has travelled to the South American nation.

The Foreign Secretary is then due to attend a meeting of G20 counterparts – including Russia’s Sergei Lavrov – in Brazil on Wednesday.

Russia’s actions in Ukraine will also be the subject of a United Nations session in New York later in the week which Lord Cameron will attend.

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