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LONDON: Falkland Islanders will be asked specifically whether they want the archipelago to retain its status as a British overseas territory in a referendum on March 10 and 11, its government announced.
Confirming the date and the final wording of the question, the referendum is intended at sending Argentina an unambiguous verdict from the 3,000-odd islanders, amid tension between London and Buenos Aires over sovereignty.
Britain has held the South Atlantic Ocean islands since 1833 but Buenos Aires claims they are occupied Argentinian territory.
“The result will demonstrate in a clear, democratic and incontestable way how the people of the Falkland Islands wish to live their lives,” the islands’ government said in a statement.