Video: Falklands vote 'yes' to stay British

  • 12 March 2013

The people of the Falkland Islands have voted to say they want to remain British.

On Sunday and Monday 1,517 votes were cast - that's 90% of the people eligible of voting doing just that.

The results showed 1,513 votes were in favour of the Falklands remaining a British Overseas Territory and three votes were against.

The UK government welcomed the result and urged "all countries" to accept it and respect the islanders' wishes.

But Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has maintained that the people's wishes are not relevant.

The Falkland Islands, located in the southern half of the Atlantic Ocean, have been under British rule since 1833.

But Argentina, who call the islands the Malvinas, believe the Falklands belong to them and were inherited as part of the Spanish Empire.

War broke out between the two countries in 1982 after Argentina invaded the Islands.

Ongoing tension between the two countries about who owns the land led to the vote where the islanders decide on their own future.

1,672 people living on the Falklands were allowed to vote out of the islands' total population of about 2,900.

Those who could not vote included those aged under 18 and people who were not from there.

The tiny community voted to remain British, but it is unlikely to resolve the argument.