SANTIAGO, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) adopted a resolution Monday to voice support for Argentina's claim over the disputed Malvinas Islands, known to the British as the Falklands.
The resolution said the bloc firmly supported "the legitimate rights of Argentina in the dispute over the sovereignty of the islands," which marked the unanimous support of the regional countries for the first time.
It urged the two sides to find "a peaceful and definitive solution to the dispute" as soon as possible in accordance with the pertinent pronouncements of the United Nations, which calls for the resumption of negotiations.
"The permanent interest of the region's countries is that Argentina and the United Kingdom resume negotiations," said the document.
Argentina was defeated in 1982 by Britain in a 74-day war triggered by the dispute over the territorial rights of the islands, located just off the southern coast of Argentina.
In recent years, Argentina urged Britain to put an end to vestiges of colonialism through negotiations.
Authorities of the disputed Malvinas Islands will hold a referendum on the sovereignty issue on March 11-12.