Argentine vicechancellor called British Ambassador for the Falklands Islands issue


Argentina, December 17, 2013

Again, the tension between Argentina and Britain comes out, after the vice chancellor Eduardo Zuain called the British Ambassador John Freeman. The meeting is due to a protest held by the British Embassy against a new law that regulates the exploitation of hydrocarbons in Argentine territory.

The British Ambassador received a protest note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country yesterday, also handed to the Argentine ambassador in London, citing “alleged rights over the Falklands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas”.

In his note, the British Foreign Office complains against the Law 26,915, which amended the 26,659 and regulates oil exploitation in the country, which establishes criminal penalties for those who participate in unauthorized explorations and exploitation of hydrocarbons on the continental shelf of Argentina and its subsequent transport and storage.

Argentina’s foreign ministry said that “the Argentine government rejects the claim of the United Kingdom to promote and authorize the exploration and exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources in the disputed area of sovereignty, which means a violation of the provisions of the resolution 31/49 of the General Assembly of the United Nations.”

According to a statement from the Argentina Foreign Ministry, “Deputy Foreign Minister concluded the meeting by transmitting again the government’s willingness to resume bilateral meetings in order to find as soon as possible a peaceful settlement through negotiations.”

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