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A book that argues that the Malvinas / Falklands may belong to Uruguay has joined a new controversy over the archipelago, although the idea is refuted by historians.
The thesis of the Uruguayan architect John Ackermann and the Argentine-Uruguayan agricultural engineer Alfredo Villegas is based on a 1841 treaty that authors dusted for his book "The Malvinas are they Uruguayan?".
The agreement signed by Spain and the South American country Uruguay gave the powers had the military port of Montevideo on the South Atlantic archipelago, researchers stand and claim that it could still be valid.
A forgotten 172-year-old treaty signed between Spain and the South American country gives it sovereignty rights over the British colony, they say.
Uruguayan architect Juan Ackermann, one of the two authors of the book, insisted: "Legally, the islands are ours."
Co-author Alfredo Villegas, an Argentine engineer, added: "For me, as an Argentine, it was very difficult to come to terms with this."