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Falkland Island lawmakers reject Argentine claim to islands

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015 file photo, the Malvinas Museum features rocks in the shape of Malvinas, or Falkland Islands, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina’s government celebrated on Monday, March 28, 2016 a decision by a U.N. commission expanding its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean to include the disputed islands and beyond. The Argentine foreign ministry said the decision will be key in its dispute with Britain over the Islands. Argentina lost the 1982 war with Britain after Argentine troops seized the South Atlantic archipelago. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015 file photo, the Malvinas Museum features rocks in the shape of Malvinas, or Falkland Islands, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina‚Äôs government celebrated on Monday, March 28, 2016 a decision by a U.N. commission expanding its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean to include the disputed islands and beyond. The Argentine foreign ministry said the decision will be key in its dispute with Britain over the Islands. Argentina lost the 1982 war with Britain after Argentine troops seized the South Atlantic archipelago. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lawmakers in the far-flung Falkland Islands are rejecting a U.N. commission's determination that the archipelago would come within Argentina's maritime territory.

The U.N. commission on the limits of the continental shelf sided with Argentina this week in a dispute with Great Britain going back decades. The commission ratified a 2009 Argentine report that fixed the limit of its territory at 200 to 350 miles from its coast.

Mike Summers is one the local legislative assembly members that govern the British Overseas Territory. He tells The Associated Press the decision "has no effect for the sovereign position of the Falklands."

In 1982, Argentina invaded and was then routed by British troops. Saturday marks the 34th anniversary of the war.

Islanders and the British government have long rejected Argentina's claims.