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Re: Argentina and Falklands

Released on 2012-02-27 22:00 GMT

Email-ID 86916
Date 2010-02-17 18:20:11
Thanks, Allison. Can you try to verify whether this has congressional
backing and see how shipping traffic actually passes through this are?
Does the falkland dispute actually resonate among the populace?
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On Feb 17, 2010, at 12:01 PM, Allison Fedirka

My take on the issue is along the lines of what you are thinking - a
distraction from internal issues. Throughout the year you will hear the
Argentine government talk up the Falklands - to them the issue never was
resolved in 82. You'll hear it come in to the news at the beginning of
April (dia de las Malvinas) and whenever there is a big official visit
between the UK/Argie. For example when CK went to the UK for the g20
she vowed to bring it up. I also have to say that it is still a bit of
a sore spot for Argentines.... many of them still believe that the
islands should rightfully be theirs (as they appear in all national maps
along with Antarctica).

Right now there's all sorts of slander going around in the press with
scandals everywhere - the Kirchners making money illegally, the
Kirchners buying millions of dollars, the govt's use of DNU, govt trying
to bypass the Congress and use the reserves to pay part of the debt
anyways, electricity supply/flooding problems in the North, meat/food
prices and general inflation, farmer and export taxes or aid, people
wanting more money for social plans or better distribution of social
plans. These are the things in the headlines every day or every other

It is interesting that they made the rule about requiring permits to go
there. If the govt issues permits, there's no telling when they will
get issued. Also, it's a decree which means it was CK's decision and
she doesn't necessarily have Congress's backing. The opposition is
trying to revisit the issue of Presidential decrees and this is one of
many that fall in to that category. I'm not sure how much that affects
the Brits - if they frequently use Argentine ports or pass through
Argentine waters.... and if they do, how easily it can be avoided (say
with a shift to Montevideo port or just going around Arg waters).

Hey Allison,
Can you please explain to me what is driving Argentina to escalate the
Falklands dispute right now? is this just to distract from internal
issues, something more?

Argentina escalates row with Britain over Falklands

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BUENOS AIRES (AFP) a** Argentina escalated a row with Britain overoil
drilling in the Falklands by ordering all ships heading to the
disputed islands through its waters to seek permission from Buenos
Aires first.
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner signed the decree, ratcheting up
tensions between Argentina and Britain over Las Malvinas, the Spanish
name for the islands they warred over in 1982 at the cost of almost
1,000 lives.
"All ships that wish to move between ports in continental Argentina
and ports in the Malvinas islands, or that wish to cross
Argentineterritorial waters as they head to the islands" require prior
permission, it said.
Kirchner's chief of staff Anibal Fernandez left no doubt the move was
intended to clamp down on shipping that might be helping Britain as it
launches operations to explore the region's oil and mineral reserves.
The decree seeks to achieve "not only a defense of Argentine
sovereignty but also of all the resources" in the area, Fernandez
explained, adding that a high-level permanent committee would be set
up to monitor the shipping.
Anger in Argentina over the Falklands, which has bubbled below the
surface for much of the last three decades, has threatened to boil
over in recent months as Britain prepares to launch drilling
Argentina has lodged a protest with London about drilling in the
seabed around the windswept islands, which contains up to 60 billion
barrels of oil, according to geological studies quoted in the British
A tug boat hauling a British exploration rig will arrive any day to
start oil prospecting and the issue already came to a head earlier
this month when Buenos Aires blocked a shipment of pipes it said was
bound for the Falklands.
Argentine authorities boarded the foreign flagged "Thor Leader" in the
southern port of Campana after learning it was about to take on a
cargo of pipes used in the oil industry and apparently destined for
the Falklands.
Buenos Aires is furious that London continues to skirt UN resolutions
calling on both governments to renew a dialogue on the sovereignty of
the Falklands.
"We wish to reaffirm the obligation to resolve the differences between
Britain and us in the framework of international law and United
Nations resolutions," Kirchner said on Tuesday.
Britain in January rejected Argentina's latest claim to the islands,
which it has held and occupied since 1833.
The Foreign Office in London sought to play down Argentina's latest
move in the row by issuing a bland statement, pointing out the obvious
about the legal position.
"Regulations governing Argentine territorial waters are a matter for
the Argentine authorities. This does not affect Falkland
Islands territorial waters which are controlled by the island
authorities," a statement said.
It said Argentina and Britain were "important partners" and pledged to
"cooperate" on issues in the South Atlantic, where the Falklands are
Buenos Aires has urged a solution along the lines of what Britain
agreed for the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.
Britain and Argentina's rival claims of ownership over the Falklands
exploded into war in 1982 after Argentine military rulers seized the
islands, only to be defeated and expelled by a British naval force.
The conflict lasted 74 days and cost the lives of 649 Argentine
soldiers and 255 from Britain.