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Argentina accuses Britain over Falklands

November 14, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is complaining about a British military training exercise near the Falkland Islands.

Argentina lost a brief but bloody 1982 war with Britain over the South Atlantic archipelago and still claims the islands.

“Argentina rejects in the strongest terms a naval and military training exercise in Argentine territory illegitimately occupied by the United Kingdom,” the foreign ministry said in a statement late Thursday. It added that the exercise included the firing of 136 shells from the HMS Iron Duke, and called it a provocation aimed at showing the firepower of the British frigate.

The statement said the ministry has called in an official in charge of the British embassy in Buenos Aires to demand explanations.

The British Ministry of Defense said Friday that the patrol ship was on a routine training exercise that had been planned in advance. It said the exercise took place more than three weeks ago, and there is no link with the recent summit.

The ship has visited several Atlantic nations in recent months.

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