Argentina hits back at Cameron colonialist claim

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Argentina’s president has hit back at Prime Minister David Cameron’s claims that her government has “colonialist” aims on the Falkland Islands.

Returning to work after what proved to be a false cancer diagnosis that prompted doctors to remove her thyroid, Cristina Fernandez showed off her scar during an animated address to her ministers that was broadcast nationwide.

She concentrated much of her speech at Mr Cameron, who angered Argentines while she was away by accusing them of having “colonialist” attitudes toward the Falklands.

“I heard they’re calling us colonialist. ... One is always tempted to respond, but I think it’s better to avoid it. When they say these things it’s exactly because they don’t have reasons or arguments,” she said.

Argentina has called on Britain to negotiate the sovereignty of the remote South Atlantic archipelago it calls the Malvinas.