Kevin Kilmartin
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Falklands resident stresses referendum importance

7 March 2013 Last updated at 03:40 GMT

The people of the Falkland Islands are preparing to vote in a referendum on whether they want the islands in the south Atlantic to remain a British overseas territory.

Some 1,672 people will be able to vote this Sunday and Monday, with the results expected on Monday night.

The idea behind the referendum is to send a clear message to Argentina and the rest of the world about the wishes of the islanders for self-determination, which Argentina says should not be taken into consideration.

Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982 and was defeated by a British task force, but has continually revived its claim to the islands.

Caroline Wyatt spoke to resident Kevin Kilmartin about why he thinks the referendum matters.