Argentina To Open Falklands Museum, Says Fernandez

Argentina will open a museum to honour its soldiers who died during the Falklands conflict with the UK in 1982, President Cristina Fernandez has said.

President Fernandez has stepped up diplomatic pressure on Britain to negotiate over the FalklandsArgentina will open a museum to honour its soldiers who died during the Falklands conflict with the UK in 1982, President Cristina Fernandez has said.

She said the $20m (£13m) museum would be inaugurated in August 2013.

It would be in the former navy school used as a detention centre during the military rule in Argentina in 1976-83.

Argentina has stepped its territorial claim to the Falkland Islands, which it calls the Malvinas, ahead of next month's anniversary of the conflict.

Last week, President Fernandez said she wanted to renegotiate an agreement with London on flights to the islands from South America. The Falklands are currently served by a weekly flight from Chile.

Separately, the Argentine industry minister urged the country's companies to stop buying goods from Britain.

The UK says it will not discuss sovereignty as long as the Falkland Islanders wish to remain British.

On 2 April, both nations will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands War, which began with an Argentine invasion of the islands and ended in victory for a British task force sent to recover them.

During the conflict, 649 Argentine soldiers and 255 British soldiers were killed. Three Falkland Islanders also died.