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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

By 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 Chapter 1.2.

The British Foreign Office criticised the move as “illegal, irresponsible and wholly counterproductive” and described it as an attempt to “intimidate” legitimate commercial ventures.

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.

Source: Telegraph

 

 

 

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