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UK says Falkland drilling is legal

Britain rejected Argentine objections to oil exploration off the disputed Falkland Islands yesterday, saying the drilling was within international law. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Latin American leaders backed her objections to exploration off the Falklands, known in Spanish as Las Malvinas, as drilling began on the first well on Monday. “British sovereignty in respect of the Falklands is absolutely clear in international law ... There is no question about it,” British foreign secretary David Miliband said.