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Falklands oil exploration exposed to jail and fines according to Argentine law

Friday, November 29th 2013 - 07:08 UTC
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Ambassador Castro: “prison sentences for the duration of up to 15 years; fines equivalent to the value of 1.5 million barrels of oil” Ambassador Castro: “prison sentences for the duration of up to 15 years; fines equivalent to the value of 1.5 million barrels of oil”

Argentina has threatened oil firms seeking to operate off the Falkland Islands with 15-year jail terms, huge fines and confiscation of assets in a fresh salvo in the dispute with Britain over South Atlantic islands sovereignty. But UK reiterated that Argentine law does not apply to Falklands or British Overseas Territories.

 The Argentine embassy in London, headed by Ambassador Alicia Castro, announced on Thursday that new laws have been passed by the Argentine Congress to punish exploration it claims is in breach of a United Nations resolution.

But the Foreign Office insisted the activities were “wholly legitimate and legal” and entirely under the control of the Government of the island - a British overseas territory.

Islanders voted by 1,513 to three to remain a British overseas territory in a referendum in March but Argentina has since stepped up its claim over the territory at the United Nations.

The government of President Cristina Fernandez has issued repeated written legal warnings to firms that they face administrative, civil and criminal action for operating off the Malvinas Islands.

In a statement, the embassy said the new law “provides for prison sentences for the duration of up to 15 years; fines equivalent to the value of 1.5 million barrels of oil; the banning of individuals and companies from operating in Argentina; and the confiscation of equipment and any hydrocarbons that would have been illegally extracted.

”The Argentine Government has protested against and rejected all of the UK attempts to promote and authorize such hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in the area of the Argentine continental shelf.“ it said.

”These attempts are manifestly contrary to Resolution 31/49 of the UN General Assembly, which requires the UK and Argentina to refrain from taking decisions that would imply introducing unilateral modifications into the situation of the Malvinas Islands while the sovereignty dispute between the two countries is still pending.“

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ”Hydrocarbons activities by any company operating on the continental shelf of the Falkland Islands are regulated by legislation of the Falkland Islands Government, in strict accordance with the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.

“As such these activities are wholly legitimate and legal. The UK Government unequivocally supports the right of the Falkland Islanders to develop their natural resources for their own economic benefit.

”This right is an integral part of their right of self-determination, which is expressly contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

”Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands or South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are UK overseas territories.

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  • Monkeymagic

    hahahahahahahahahahahaha....pmsl.

    hahahahahahahahahahahaha....roflmao

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 07:59 am 0
  • zathras

    Like we care what the Argies think.
    Next they will be ordering the Falkland islanders to drive on the Right Hand Side.
    You cannot make or uphold laws in/on lands you don't control.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 08:19 am 0
  • Anglotino

    Bahahahahahahahahaha LMFAO!

    ”Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands or South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are UK overseas territories.“

    Derrr! I'd be embarrassed if this was my government making laws for the country next door.

    It is quoting a 37 year old resolution that states
    ”Calls upon the two parties to refrain from taking decision that would imply introducing unilateral modifications in the situation while the islands are going the process recommended in the above mentioned resolutions”

    And what the hell was the Argentine invasion in 1982? If that wasn't unilaterally introducing modifications in the situation then what the hell is?

    Economic development by the inhabitants is well within their rights. Much to Argentina's continuing frustration.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 08:27 am 0
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