Pres­i­dent seeks flights to Falk­land Is­lands

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BUENOS AIRES | Ar­gen­tine Pres­i­dent Cristina Fer­nan­dez made a sur­prise con­cil­ia­tory gesture Thurs­day by seek­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with the United King­dom to es­tab­lish three weekly flights from Buenos Aires to the Falk­land Is­lands.

No flights cur­rently con­nect the Bri­tish-con­trolled is­lands with Ar­gentina, which also claims sovereignty over them. Only two weekly flights run by LAN air­lines travel from Chile over Ar­gen­tine airspace to the is­lands about 300 miles off the Ar­gen­tine coast.

Ms. Fer­nan­dez told her coun­try’s Congress on Thurs­day that she would like to es­tab­lish the flights for state-owned Aero­lin­eas Ar­genti­nas.

The an­nounce­ment comes at a mo­ment of ten­sion as the two coun­tries are pre­par­ing to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of the war they fought over the is­lands.

Ar­gentina re­cently stopped two Bri­tish-flagged cruise ships from dock­ing in the far south­ern Ar­gen­tine city of Ushuia, af­ter the U.K. sent a navy de­stroyer to the is­lands.

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