Argentina’s government is “grandstanding” and acting illegally in imposing a blockade on ships from the Falkland Islands, Henry Bellingham has claimed in an interview with the Lynn News from England.
As a junior Foreign Office minister, Mr Bellingham’s areas of responsibility include Britain’s Overseas Territories, Africa, United Nations and such global issues as climate change and solution to conflicts such as the UK/Argentina over the Falklands..
He revealed he is currently working on a White Paper on Britain’s administration of the nation’s 14 Overseas Territories.
But, in the year of the 30th anniversary of the war between Britain and Argentina, Mr Bellingham reiterated that control of the Islands was not up for discussion.
“I think what the Argentines are doing is disgraceful. Blockading ships with the Falklands’ flag is contrary to the international law of the sea”, he said.
Bellingham was thus questioning the latest Mercosur resolution which made its own Argentina’s request that vessels flying the Falklands flag be barred from the region’s ports.
The resolution in support of Argentina’s sovereignty claim over the Faklands which considers the Malvinas “flag illegal” was proposed by Uruguay that hosted the latest Mercosur summit and accepted by all members with the promise of effectively implementing it.