1690-1820: Sovereignty disputed by UK, France, Spain and Argentina.

1820- : Sovereignty disputed by UK and Argentina.

1960: UK ignores UN.

1965: UN calls for negotiation.

1968: Islanders prefer UK.

1973: UN urges negotiation, UK refuses.

1976: Negotiations resumed.

1980: Islanders prefer UK.

1982: Argentina invades. War ensues. UK scuppers two possible peace settlements and a ceasefire, apparently preferring military victory at the cost of nearly 1,000 dead, plus injured and over $2 billion spent.

1986: UN demands negotiation.

1995: Mineral exploitation agreement.