Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Falkland Islands lie in Argentinian waters - UN

A UN decision that expands Argentina's maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean to include the Falklands will be key in its dispute with Britain over the islands, the Argentine foreign ministry says.

The Argentine foreign ministry says its waters had increased by 35 per cent or 1.7 million square kilometres.

Argentina lost a brief, bloody 1982 war with Britain after Argentine troops seized the South Atlantic archipelago that Latin Americans call the Malvinas.

  • The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf sided with Argentina earlier this month, ratifying the country's 2009 report fixing the limit of its territory at 320-560km from its coast.

"This is a historic occasion for Argentina because we've made a huge leap in the demarcation of the exterior limit of our continental shelf," Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said. "This reaffirms our sovereignty rights over the resources of our continental shelf."

  • Oil exploration is already pumping millions of dollars into the Falkland Islands economy. Many islanders remain concerned about Argentina's claim as well as the potential for problems from rapid change brought by the new industry.

The UN commission's finding included the caveat that there is an unresolved diplomatic dispute between Argentina and Britain over the islands.

The Falklands are internally self-governing, but Britain is responsible for its defence and foreign affairs. The British government says islanders cannot be forced to accept Argentine sovereignty against their will.

The Falkland Islands government said on Monday that it is seeking clarification from the British government on "what, if any, decisions have been made, and what implications there may be" for the territory in relation to the UN ruling.




  1. Falklands: extensión de la plataforma argentina no tiene implicancia alguna para la soberanía de las Islas...

    El gobierno electo de las Islas Falklands salió al cruce de los comentarios de Argentina respecto a un anuncio de Naciones Unidas sobre la extensión de la plataforma continental de dicho país y sostuvo que “el comunicado no adjudica soberanía alguna sobre las Islas Falklands y no tiene implicancias para la soberanía de las Islas Falklands”.

    En un comunicado emitido el martes por la tarde el gobierno electo de las Falklands confirmó estar al tanto de los recientes anuncios del gobierno argentino referidos a las recomendaciones adoptadas por la Comisión de Límites de la Plataforma Continental, CLPC, de Naciones Unidas, y resalta que el anuncio de la CLPC “no hace adjudicación alguna sobre la soberanía de las Islas Falklands, y no tiene implicancias para la soberanía de las Islas Falklands o a nuestro derecho a desarrollar nuestras aguas territoriales”.

    El gobierno electo de las Falklands (FIG), agregó que la reciente decisión de Naciones Unidas, no cambia la situación política de las Falklands y “las afirmaciones argentinas sugiriendo que la posición sobre la soberanía de las Islas Falklands ha cambiado como resultado de esa decisión, son totalmente desorientadores”. Muchos informes de prensa de Argentina han sugerido que el anuncio de la ONU confirma que las Islas Falklands están situadas en aguas argentinas, empero esto ha sido totalmente descartado por FIG..............mercopress.com

  2. I don't know if this decision right or wrong. I think it doesn't matter! I am going to go to the Falkland Islands next year. I found this great expedition https://poseidonexpeditions.com/antarctica/falklands-south-georgia-best-southern-ocean/ and advise it to you! I guess it will be an amazing trip!


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