British prime minister David Cameron and Argentina's foreign minister Hector Timerman engaged in a verbal dispute as Cameron defended London’s claim to the Falkland Islands during a summit held in Brussels on Wednesday, AFP reported.
The summit was held with leaders from the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in order to strengthen economic and political ties.
Dispute over the Falkland Islands were raised after Timerman accused Britain of standing by a “colonialist” policy. Cameron rebuked the comments calling them “threatening,” according to Argentine state news service Telam.
“I can confirm that the prime minister defended the Falklands and their right to self-determination after the Argentine foreign minister raised the issue,” a British diplomat told AFP.
The diplomat said Timerman’s comments came during a full session of the summit and that there were no schedules around this issue as a topic to be discussed.
Argentina continues to insist the Falkland Islands falls within its territory over three decades after losing a war against Britain for the islands in 1982, in which 600 Argentine soldiers and 255 British servicemen were killed.
Despite being located just 500 kilometres from Argentina, the islands have since 1833 officially been a part of Britain, which lies around 14,000 kilometres away.
In 2013, the 99.8 percent of residents of the Falkland Islands overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining part of Britain in a referendum.