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British Lawmakers Hit Cameron Over Argentina Aid During Falklands Row

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By    |   Monday, 06 Jan 2014 08:23 AM

In the wake of continuing verbal broadsides from Argentina, many British Tory lawmakers want to know why Prime Minister David Cameron’s government continues to provide millions of dollars worth of aid to the South American nation.
 
On Friday, Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, marked the 181th anniversary of British rule of the Falkland Islands by denouncing what he called London’s “colonial and military occupation of Argentine territory.”
 
Timerman mocked Britain as “'the lion that roars, but does not inspire fear any more” and denounced Cameron for pledging to defend to defend the islands, MercoPress reported.

Argentinian lawmakers recently passed legislation threatening senior oil firm executives involved in exploration near the islands with 15 years imprisonment.
 
Yet in 2012, Argentina received more than $3.3 million worth of aid from Britain and the assistance continued last year, MercoPress reported. Britain has also contributed more than $10 million worth of aid to a European Union assistance program for Argentina.

Conservative members of the British Parliament denounced the aid to Argentina.

“People will be rightly shocked that we are giving money to Argentina at a time when they are trying to stop our shipping from going to the Falklands and threatening to prosecute companies that explore for oil there,” said British Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger. “It is absolutely ridiculous.”

The British people “will be appalled that we are sending aid to Argentina – a country that is making aggressive claims on the Falkland Islands,” said MP Peter Bone. “It must stop.”

A government source said London had no bilateral assistance program aiding Argentina and that all British government-financed programs for Argentina dealt with global issues like human rights, climate change, and “building long-term partnerships with the Argentine people” including the business community.

In last month’s Christmas message to residents of the Falklands, Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain will "always be ready" to defend the islands, the BBC reported.

Alluding to last year’s vote in which 99.7 percent of Falklands residents voted to stay British, Cameron said the result "could not have sent a clearer message."
 
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