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falklands so far

Released on 2012-02-27 22:00 GMT

Email-ID 895998
Date 2007-03-28 19:48:04

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Falklands War, Argentina has cut
off oil exploration cooperation with the UK in the area and is ramping up
rhetoric claiming full sovereignty over the islands and their resources.
President Kirchner likely intends for this to serve as an outlet for
domestic unrest that might otherwise sour prospects for upcoming
presidential elections in October. This unrest includes strikes and
protests due to inflation/wage concerns, political feuds and demands for
stronger investigations into past government atrocities. His
administration will maintain its provocative rhetoric for the rest of the
year, but steer clear of actual confrontation with the UK.


Argentina announced late March 27 that it is withdrawing from an oil and
gas exploration partnership with the UK around the Falkland Islands
(Spanish: Malvinas), territory contested by both countries in a war
twenty-five years ago. Simultaneously, government officials are loudly
discussing the country's claim to sovereignty over the area, an issue that
has not been spotlighted for some time.

This is a calculated decision on the part of the Argentine government,
designed to channel public discontent away from domestic problems where
the government might be to blame, and towards a foreign object where the
government represents the peoples' own nationalist passions. This
suggests that Argentina will take a hard stance on the issue for several
months, but will avoid taking it so far that it would jeopardize its
diplomatic relationship with the UK.

Argentina will have presidential elections in October, and President
Nestor Kirchner is widely expected to be reelected if he chooses to run;
otherwise his wife Cristina, currently a Senator, is expected to succeed
her husband. The Kirchners have enjoyed widespread popularity over the
past three years while overseeing sustained 8 percent economic growth
rates, pulling the country out of its dismal economic collapse in 2001.

Yet beneath the surface, discontent has been brewing.