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Argentina Still Seeking Falklands

May 24, 1998

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Argentina’s president promised on Saturday to reiterate his country’s claim to the Falkland Islands when he visits Queen Elizabeth II during a trip to Britain later this year.

``We work tirelessly to achieve recognition of Argentina’s rights″ over the islands, President Carlos Menem said in an interview with state-owned Radio Nacional. ``We will speak of this with the highest (British) authorities, including the Queen.″

The two nations waged a 74-day war in 1982 when Argentina tried to recover the islands by force. They renewed relations in 1990 and signed fishing and oil exploration agreements for the waters around the South Atlantic islands, which Argentines call the Malvinas.

Menem said Argentina hopes to receive $500 million to $600 million a year in royalties from oil companies operating in the area.

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