UPDATE 1-Britain says to boost defence of disputed Falkland Islands

March 24, 2015 4:36 PM

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LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) - Britain will reinforce its military presence on the disputed Falkland Islands to ensure they are properly protected, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, a move rejected as unnecessary by Argentina which lays claim to the archipelago.

Tensions over the Falklands still crackle more than 30 years after Argentine forces seized the islands in 1982 and Britain sent a task force to retake them in a brief war which saw more than 600 Argentine and 255 British servicemen killed.

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