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Argentina-UK island row continues
PressTV ^ | April 19th 2011 | Constanza Heller

Posted on 04/19/2011 3:19:12 AM PDT by Cardhu

According to a new law passed on March 16th in Argentina, oil and gas explorations are prohibited along the Argentine shelf in the Malvinas or Falkland islands without prior authorization from the national government.

The law boosts fines and sanctions for all companies that are involved in the oil industry on those islands and has led to a diplomatic row with London over a prospective "black gold" bonanza.

Last year the British company Desire Petroleum began drilling for oil in British controlled-waters at the South Atlantic, despite strong criticism from Argentine political leaders.

The Foreign Office in this country has renewed Argentina's sovereignty claim over the Malvinas on several occasions. Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman met earlier this month with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and submitted a claim supported by all members of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR.

The Malvinas or Falklands War was fought between Argentina and the United Kingdom on April 2nd 1982 over the disputed Falklands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. Almost one thousand people died during the conflict and tensions between the two nations have continued to grow since then.

The spokesman of the British Embassy in Buenos Aires has told Press TV that “UK is well aware that Argentine legislation does not apply to the Falklands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and that its government fully supports the Islands rights and efforts to develop its own oil and gas industry”.

UK continues to claim that exploration for oil in Falklands is a legitimate right of the British government while president Cristina Fernandez insists on bringing that country to the negotiation table on sovereignty.

Video at link.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: argentina; falklands
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1 posted on 04/19/2011 3:19:17 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu
Have I been in the dark all these years?

The Faulklins really DID have a purpose?

2 posted on 04/19/2011 3:42:30 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf

I doubt it was to save the sheep herders way of life. :)


3 posted on 04/19/2011 3:56:12 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu
I visited Argentina a few times in the late 90s/early 00s when the company I worked for was doing a big project there.

If you even say "Falklands," the Argentines get all wound up and correct you, telling you it is Malvinas.

We were friends with several Argentines - we did it just to get a rise out of 'em. ;-)

4 posted on 04/19/2011 4:03:29 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Cardhu

I remember this, but all I ever heard was “sovereignty”


5 posted on 04/19/2011 4:08:40 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Cardhu

SOMEBODY had better start building a navy again.
I won’t hafta be big, or anything; but they’re a-gonna need one.


6 posted on 04/19/2011 4:26:17 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: Cardhu
UK picked a heck of a time to decimate their navy.

The General Belgrano - She is the only ship ever to have been sunk in anger by a nuclear-powered
submarine and the second sunk in action by any type of submarine since World War II.

7 posted on 04/19/2011 5:02:02 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Cardhu

Obama should declare a no-fly zone. That’ll fix it.


8 posted on 04/19/2011 5:08:52 AM PDT by Dagnabitt
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To: Islander7
Unlike her former namesake, she's not coming back...
9 posted on 04/19/2011 5:31:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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