Argentina Turns Down Invitation For Talks on Falkland Islands

Referendum on the islands' status is scheduled to be held in March


Argentina's foreign minister has turned down a Foreign Office invitation to meet members of the Falkland Islands government in London next week.

Hector Timerman rejected the offer, saying: "The international community does not recognise a third party in this dispute."

The island's legislative assembly had said they anticipated a "full and frank exchange of views" in such a meeting.