LETTER : Argentina's rights

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Sir: I refer to Phil Davison's article "Argentina backs off Falklands claim" (6 June).

The title chosen for the article and certain insinuations made by The Independent's Latin American correspondent about statements by the Argentine Foreign Minister, Guido Di Tella, are misleading.

Indeed, Argentina has not dropped and does not intend to drop her claim to the Malvinas Islands. Since 1994 a specific provision in the Constitution clearly refers to this issue. The same clause also establishes that Argentina's rights to the islands will be pursued exclusively in accordance with international law. My country is therefore constitutionally committed to finding a mutually satisfactory settlement for the sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom.

ROGELIO PFIRTER

Ambassador, Argentine Republic

London SW1

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