Reacting to recent events, Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that "there should never be the slightest doubt where Britain stands on the Falkland Islands".
He said that good relations with Argentina are "desirable and welcome", but emphasised that the British Government should make it clear that the islands will remain British territory "for as long as the islanders wish it".
"Sovereignty over the islands is therefore not up for negotiation", Hague said, adding that the islanders have "every right" to develop the natural resources of their islands and surrounding waters.
"It should be made very clear that the wholly legitimate search for oil in the Falkland's waters will not be affected by unwarranted threats or interference from Argentina. Additionally the British government should state clearly that no vessel operating within the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands will require any form of permit from any other country."
"Increased British naval presence in the area would leave no doubt as to this position", he added.