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Groups of Argentine ex-combatants in the company of local officials and relatives of fallen soldiers began a vigil on Friday night in honor of the deceased soldiers and veterans of the Falklands war.

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The vigil takes place in front of the Monument to the Heroes, located in the city of Río Grande, in southern Argentina, the closest continental point to the islands, to commemorate 40 years since the start of the war against Great Britain.

As part of the events, a mass will be held on Saturday in the Luján basilica, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and a series of cultural activities in the Argentine capital, with the presence of President Alberto Fernández.

According to the planned agenda, President Alberto Fernández will preside over a ceremony at the Malvinas Space Museum for Memory and Human Rights at noon, where 15 ex-combatants will be decorated.

The acts for the beginning of the war conflict on April 2, 1982 include photographic exhibitions, ceremonies in honor of the fallen and veterans, exhibitions, military parades, talks, concerts and plays, among others.

Organizations and social movements such as the Patriotic Front, the Clasista and Combative Current, the Evita Movement and Somos Barrios de Pie will march to the British embassy in the Argentine capital to demonstrate the right of this South American nation over the islands.

The Falklands War was launched on April 2, 1982 by the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) of the South American country. After 74 days of fighting that left 649 Argentines and 255 British dead, London regained control of the archipelagos it has occupied since 1833.

Since 1965, the UN General Assembly has recognized the existence of a sovereignty dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and the surrounding maritime spaces.

Every year the UN Decolonization Committee calls for a peaceful solution to the dispute. Request that the British Government has tried to ignore.

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