Great britain immediately called on the argentine government to respect the will of the inselbevolkerung. Argentina, which lays claim to the resource-rich falkland islands, should "take careful note" of the referendum result, prime minister david cameron said tuesday.
International election observers had judged the vote to be free and fair. Falklanders celebrated the result of the vote in the capital port stanley on monday evening (local time).
Argentina has long laid claim to the archipelago in the sudatlantic, just 400 kilometers off the argentine mainland. The government in buenos aires demands bilateral talks with great britain on the sovereignty of the territory, as foreseen by a UN resolution of 1965. Demands have been growing since it was revealed in 2010 that there are exploitable reserves of oil and natural gas off the falkland islands.