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Argentina to Imprison Oil Drillers in Falklands Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jan 12, 2014, 08:47 PM

Despite Argentina losing the Falkland Wars to the United Kingdom during the reign of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Buenos Aires continues to insist it has territorial jurisdiction over the Falkland Islands. Argentina is assumming that British Prime Minister David Cameron will not call their bluff and cede the land over to Argentina to avoid another war, even if the United Kingdom would likely win again.

The Guardian reports that, "Argentina will seek legal punishment, including prison sentences, for anyone who drills for oil in the Falklands and the surrounding waters it claims as its territories, the country's newly created Malvinas secretary has told the Guardian."

Any British oil driller found near the Falklands would likely face a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.

According to the Guardian, "In his first interview with the international media since taking the post on Monday, Daniel Filmus also warned that companies involved in exploration of the disputed areas will be disqualified from potentially more lucrative work in Vaca Muerta (the giant shale oil deposit in Argentina's Patagonia region) and offshore areas."

Residents of the Falklands voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum to call themselves citizens of the United Kingdom, and opposed Aregentina's claims of sovereignty over the island.

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written by Roger Lorton , January 13, 2014

Filmus says that he'll take the oil companies to international courts - which international courts?? Argentina has been avoiding taking the issue to the ICJ since it was set up by the United Nations. There are no international courts that can over-ride the UN Resolutions recognising the rights of the peoples of the NSGT's to their own resources. The Falklands are listed at the UN as a NSGT.

written by K. D. , January 13, 2014

Whoever is running these politics has their head in the sand! With an economy like Argentina's, reality seems not to rule the day. The U.K. will put them in ashes if they push this issue too far.

written by Falkland , January 14, 2014

When are Argentina going to pay up for their war?

Every dreadful claim they make is recorded

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