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Posted on Tuesday 20th March

Peru has cancelled a visit by Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose as an act of solidarity with Argentina in its dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands. Argentina insists the Falkland Islands, which it calls Las Malvinas, belong to it.

Montrose was due to dock at the El Callao naval base this week as part of a routine deployment to the region . Rafael Roncagliolo, the Peruvian Foreign Minister, has said that he supports Argentina's 'legitimate rights' over the Fakland Islands.

He said: 'This decision has been taken in the spirit of Latin American solidarity commitments undertaken in the framework of Unasur (Union of South American Nations) with regard to the legitimate rights of Argentina in the sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding waters.'

The Foreign Office has said that the UK regrets Peru's decision. THe UK has said there will be no negotiations on sovereignity as long as the Falkland islanders wish to remain British, despite Argentina taking several steps recently to assert its claim that the Falklands belong to its government.

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