Argentina slams Britain's post-Falklands War 'arrogance'

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina accused Britain Sunday of "arrogance" for its rejection of international demands for dialogue over the islands that led to the Falklands War 25 years ago.

As both countries prepared to mark the 25th anniversary of the outbreak of war on April 2, 1982, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana denounced parades planned by the British.

"What they want to do is not what (Tony Blair) called a commemoration, but a triumphant military parade, a typical gesture of arrogance," he said.

Those accusations capped a week of Argentine salvos over the Falkland Islands, known here by their Spanish name, the Malvinas.

Argentina unilaterally canceled a bilateral oil exploration agreement with Britain and announced sanctions against companies exploring in the disputed area.

Nothing unites Argentines like the Falklands war. In 1982, Argentina was ruled by a right-wing military regime, which attacked the islands to draw attention away from a slumping economy and a human rights violations.

It worked: Argentines from across the political spectrum cheered the military on -- until the military loss proved so humiliating that the regime collapsed and democracy returned the following year.

04/02/2007 02:37 GMT

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