SAN JUAN ISLANDS (Reuters) – When it comes to the Falkland islands dispute with Argentina, Mayor Tony de La Rosa is the mayor, not the president, according to his website.
He’s the leader of the Falklands Islands’ governing group, the governing body that governs the British-administered British overseas territory, which has been ruled by the United Kingdom since the British withdrew from it in 1982.
The Falklands have been part of Argentina since 1867 and are still in British territory.
De La Rosa was the head of the governing group in 2014.
The United Kingdom withdrew from the Falklanders in 1982 after Argentina refused to give up its sovereignty of the islands, which are also claimed by Argentina.
Since then, Argentina has repeatedly claimed sovereignty over the islands.
A U.N. tribunal in The Hague last year ruled Argentina’s claim over the Falkladesh was “unjustified and unjustifiable.”
In January, Argentina, which is also a signatory to the U.S.-led treaty that governs Argentina’s territorial waters, asked the court to take the case to the International Court of Justice.
A spokesman for Argentina’s Foreign Ministry told Reuters the government would seek a decision by the court within 60 days on whether to appeal the decision.
(Reporting by James Duthie; Editing by Bill Rigby)