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Lord West: UK could not recapture Falklands from Argentina

31 January 2012 Last updated at 14:09 GMT

Tensions have been increasing between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, and the Royal Navy is to send one of its newest warships to the area, although the Ministry of Defence said this was a routine move.

Lord West, the former First Sea Lord whose ship HMS Ardent was lost in the 1982 Falklands conflict, said Britain would not be able to recapture the islands if Argentina was to take them, because the UK had no aircraft carriers.

He speaking alongside Guy Opperman after MPs debated the future of the disputed territory and British relations with Argentina.

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