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Thatcher funeral: Britain snubs Argentine Prez

Thatcher funeral: Britain snubs Argentine Prez
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London (AFP): Britain has decided not to invite Argentine President Cristina Kirchner to the funeral of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher,...

senbusLondon (AFP): Britain has decided not to invite Argentine President Cristina Kirchner to the funeral of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Downing Street said today, in a sign of the still bitter dispute over the Falkland Islands. The government is still finalising the list of foreign dignitaries who will receive invitations to the ceremonial funeral next Wednesday of the "Iron Lady", who successfully led Britain into a war to expel Argentine forces that invaded the South Atlantic archipelago in 1982. Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office said that some current world leaders would be invited -- but Kirchner, who has led a fiery campaign to push Buenos Aires' sovereignty claims over the Falklands, was not among them. "I can confirm that, yes," a Downing Street spokesman told AFP when asked if the British government had decided not to invite Kirchner. There was no immediate reaction from Argentina. British armed forces personnel from units associated with the Falklands War, regarded by many Britons as Thatcher's finest hour, will carry her coffin at her funeral in St Paul's Cathedral in London. However, it confirmed that some serving national leaders would be among them.
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