MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, December 7th 2016 - 18:17 UTC

Argentina strongly protests UK’s naming Queen Elizabeth land in Antarctica

Saturday, December 22nd 2012 - 08:08 UTC
Full article 184 comments
The naming is contrary to the spirit of peace and cooperation of the Antarctic Treaty argues Argentina The naming is contrary to the spirit of peace and cooperation of the Antarctic Treaty argues Argentina

Argentina strongly protested on Friday Britain's decision to name a vast swath of Antarctica as Queen Elizabeth Land. The Foreign ministry handed a formal protest note to British Ambassador John Freeman in Buenos Aires.

In the note the Argentine government recalls the country’s categorical rejection to all British territorial pretension in Antarctica and reaffirms its rights over what it describes the Argentine Antarctic Sector.

The note rejects London's claim since 1908 to a chunk of Antarctic known as the British Antarctic Territory, and it criticizes what Argentina calls Britain's “imperialistic ambitions going back to ancient practices” and contrary to the spirit of peace and cooperation of the Antarctic Treaty.

Argentina has long claimed as its own the land named after the British monarch this week. That area is about a third of the British Antarctic Territory.

The protest note reiterates Argentina’s commitment to the values and principles of the Antarctic Treaty System based on peace, science, international cooperation and the protection of the environment, and underlined that Article IV of the treaty safeguards the positions of the parties in affairs referring to sovereignty claims in Antarctica.
 

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Shed-time

    blah blah blah blah.. no one cares what argentina thinks ... blah blah blah ...stop revising your history to suit argentine greed ... blah blah

    Dec 22nd, 2012 - 08:19 am 0
  • MrFlagpole

    Admittedly we did only do this to annoy Argentina. But haven't you got better things to worry about? Your county is literally falling apart? And you are concerned about some ice?

    The British Antarctic Survey is conducting research down the that provides insight in to the origins of life for the benefit of all of mankind. What would you be doing with it? Looting? Or nothing? What someone else has Argentina wants, it's like a four year old. It's only because it can see us playing with it, if we put it down Argentina would lose interest.

    God Save The Queen

    Dec 22nd, 2012 - 08:46 am 0
  • Boovis

    “It's imperialistic behaviour by the UK to claim this land and, anyway, we want it” oh, the irony!

    Dec 22nd, 2012 - 09:35 am 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!