Falkland Island Lawmakers Reject Argentine Claim to Islands

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 11:29 PM

N. commission strengthens the S American nation'south claim over the archipelago. Earlier this week, the Argentine government said that the U.

Lawmakers in the far-flung Falkland Islands are rejecting Argentina'south claim that a recent decision by a U. N. commission strengthens the S American nation'south claim over the archipelago.

Earlier this week, the Argentine government said that the U. N. commission on the limits of the continental shelf had sided with Argentina in a dispute with Grand Britain going back decades. The government said the commission had ratified a two thousand nine Argentine report that fixed the limit of its territory at two-hundredth to three hundred fifty miles from its coast.

On Monday, Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, previously chief of staff to U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, posted a map on Twitter that showed the islands included in Argentina'south continental shelf territory.

Love with everything related to the islands, even what the extension of territory would comprise is in dispute. The report itself hasn't been made public.

The U. N. "has agreed to continental shelf extension for Argentina in those areas N of the Falklands Islands that aren't the subject of competing claims," Mike Summers, one the local legislative gathering members that govern the British Overseas Territory, told The Associated Press during an interview on Thursday.

Summers added the decision "has number effect for the sovereign position of the Falklands."

In one thousand nine hundred eighty-second, Argentina invaded and was then routed by British troops. Saturday marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the war. Friday night, Argentine veterans of the war planned to keep a vigil in Buenos Aires.

Islanders and the British government have long rejected Argentina'south claims and refused to negotiate. While the commission'south recommendation is non-binding, it adds more wt to Argentina's contention.

More than just bitter politics, sovereignty over the islands could become very necessary because of oil exploration in the surrounding waters.

After Argentina'south announcement, share prices of several oil companies briefly dipped.

Argentine lawmakers hailed what the decision could imply for government revenues. On his Facebook page, President Mauricio Macri said the extension will "permit us to defend the resources of our sea, property of each and every Argentine."

Stephen Luxton, mineral resources director for the Falkland Islands government, said the latest chapter in the longstanding dispute would've number impact on drilling.

"It's very much business as normal for all of our licensees," he said. "It'll have number effect on any resources in the Falkland Islands."

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