Sunday the people of the Falklands voted in a referendum on the sovereignty of their country. Pundits predicted that Britain would win a large majority of the vote and so they did.
The islanders and Britain hope this referendum will finally end Argentina's claims to sovereignty but that is doubtful. Will a people's vote for UK rule result in support from other countries?
The Falkland Islands, called the Malvinas by Argentina, have a small population, Those people are determined to be British. Argentina is not alone in disputing the British claim over the islands.
In early February the Argentine Foreign Secretary, Hector Timerman, was due to meet British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London and discuss the Falkland Islands. He ditched those plans due to the latest spat. Mr Hector Timerman, visited the UK between February 4 and 6. The Argentinian Embassy asked the British Foreign Office if he could meet with UK foreign secretary William Hague during his visit. This was agreed and scheduled..
The FCO said, "In accepting such a request for a meeting at foreign minister level, we informed the Argentine Embassy that the foreign secretary wished to raise issues and concerns about the Falkland Islands with Mr Timerman personally and that he had invited political representatives of the Falkland Islands government to attend the meeting."
William Hague invited two representatives, Dick Sawle and Jan Cheek, of the Falkland Islands government to attend the meeting. When Mr Timerman was told of this turn of events, he promptly said he would not be taking part. This meeting between Hector Timerman and William Hague was cancelled. In other words Argentina will do not business with members of the Falkland Islands' government.
The sovereignty of the Falkland Islands remains disputed. In 1982 the UK and Argentina fought a brief, but bloody war, when Argentina invaded the Falklands. Situated many miles from the UK, the Islands sit relatively close to Argentina. The islands, called the Malvinas Islands by Argentinians, are historically British.
Will the result of the referendum of whether locals want to remain under British sovereign rule, or not, have any clout?.
The Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly in the past have said "we demand that our rights be respected, and that we be left in peace to choose our own future and to develop our country for our children and generations to come"
The UK stance remains that it is up to the people of the Falklands to determine their sovereignty. Support for the UK in the Falkland Islands outstrips any shown toward Argentina. This February 'tiff' is one in a long line of 'tit for tat' diplomatic measures.
In late 2012 Argentina's president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took out a series of adverts in British newspapers accusing the UK of stripping the Malvinas from Argentina in "a blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism". The Falkland Islands have been under French, British and Spanish rule at various times during the last 250 years, before finally 'becoming British' in 1833
Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges once said, "The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb". Would you agree? Is that still true now that oil and gas exploration is underway in the region?
Falkland Islander's returned a 90% majority vote to stick with Britain. Not a unanimous result and a large percentage all the same. Where we go from here, though, is any person's guess.