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Falkland talks collapse due to Beagle dispute

A British newspaper said Sunday that a major concession by Argentina to Chile over their Beagle Channel dispute led directly to last week's abrupt collapse of talks with Britain on the Falkland Islands.

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The Observer said Argentina had offered Chile right of access to the Atlantic through the long-disputed Beagle Channel, in a move strongly criticized by President Raul Alfonsin's right-wing opponents.

His government decided at the last moment to adopt a hard-line approach in the talks with Britain on the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands in order to mollify critics of its Chilean policy, the paper said.

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