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Should the U.K. reconsider sending Prince William to the Falkland Islands?

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Prince William, a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, is set to begin a six-week deployment in the Falkland Islands, and Argentina is not too happy about it.

Prince William heads toward a Sea King helicopter for a training exercise, in Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island in this July 4, 2011 file photo.Prince William heads toward a Sea King helicopter for a training exercise, in Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island in July 4, 2011. (Paul Chiasson/CP)An official statement from the country's foreign ministry accuses Prince William of wearing "the uniform of the conqueror."

Tensions over the disputed islands - which Argentina calls Las Malvinas - have risen in recent weeks. April marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, when U.K. repelled an invasion by Argentine forces.

Some Argentine commentators are also upset that the film The Iron Lady, a biopic of former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher, is opening there this week. One scene in the movie depicts a defiant Thatcher sending the British fleet to reclaim the Falklands.

It's more than a war of words in the south Atlantic: Argentina and its neighbours have imposed a naval blockade on ships flying the Falklands flag. The country is also threatening to block the weekly flights between the islands and Chile, which fly over Argentina.

The U.K. is also making moves other than the prince's tour of duty. The British foreign secretary said Tuesday that the Royal Navy is sending the destroyer HMS Dauntless to the Falklands.

Is sending Prince William needlessly provocative given tensions between the two countries? Or is this just part of normal military deployment? Should the U.K. reconsider sending Prince William to the Falkland Islands? Let us know what you think.



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