Falklands : Argentina bans Falklands Four from Exploring in Falklands Waters
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.08.2013 (Article Archived on 24.09.2013)
Argentina has thrown a fresh tantrum against Falklands companies drilling for oil off the Falkland Islands by banning them from operating Falklands own territory for 20 years.
Argentina bans Falklands Four
from Exploring in Falklands Waters
J. Brock (FINN)
Argentina has thrown a fresh tantrum against
Falklands companies drilling for oil off the Falkland Islands by banning them
from operating Falklands own territory for 20 years.
Buenos Aires said the
four companies were conducting “illegal and clandestine” activities and had
been operating without its permission off the South Atlantic archipelago, which
it claims, despite the fact that Britain won the 1982 Conflict and Islanders
have a universal right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter
The British Foreign
Office criticised the move as “illegal, irresponsible and wholly
counterproductive” and described it as an attempt to “intimidate” legitimate
Neither Argos Resources,
or Borders & Southern Petroleum, or Desire Petroleum, or Falkland Oil and
Gas, have business interests in Argentina nor are they likely to consider this
latest flap as an enticement to do so.
The move by Argentine
president, Cristina Kirchner, was meant to escalate tensions over the Falklands
but are seen here as a limp excuse to cause trouble.
A spokesman for the
Foreign Office said yesterday: “Hydrocarbon exploration in the Falklands is a
legitimate commercial venture, and the British Government strongly supports the
right of the Falkland Islanders to develop their own natural resources for
their own economic benefit. Argentina’s efforts to intimidate the Falklands are
illegal, irresponsible and wholly counterproductive.”
Unremarkably all four
firms declined to comment.