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Britain enshrines vow to defend Falkland Islands

LONDON -- The British government on Thursday tabled a White Paper officially pledging to defend the Falkland Islands and declared there would be "no weakening" in the country's resolve.

The White Paper, which sets out details of future policy, outlined the government's vision for the future of Britain's 14 overseas territories and was signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague.

"We will continue to ensure that our sovereignty over the Territories is defended against all challenges so that, for those who live in the Territories as British citizens, their right of self-determination is protected," said the paper.

"In the South Atlantic, British forces will maintain a defensive military posture to defend the Falklands and other British islands.

"There will be no weakening of the Government's resolve," it stressed.

Cameron and Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner clashed publicly at last week's G20 summit over the future of the disputed islands.

Cameron urged Kirchner to respect the will of the 3,000 residents on the South Atlantic islands, who want to remain British. Kirchner countered him by citing UN resolutions calling for sovereignty negotiations.

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