Argentina presented before the Organization of American States, OAS, documents on recent British decisions and actions referred to the disputed Falkland Islands and requested they be made public to all members of the OAS General Assembly.
Among the information delivered by Argentine Ambassador before OAS, Rodolfo Hugo Gil are reports on UK’s “unilateral initiatives regarding hydrocarbons explorations in the Southwest Atlantic, and which have been going on since last October”.
The information delivered also included the Argentine Decree 256 which establishes previous authorization from Argentina for all vessels planning to sail between continental Argentine ports and the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands or crossing Argentine jurisdictional waters or transporting freight to be Islands, directly or indirectly.
OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza received the documents and promised to deliver a copy to all country members of the organization.
The Falklands/Malvinas dispute between Argentina and Britain which dates back two centuries escalated last month with the arrival to Falklands’ waters of an exploratory oil rig “Ocean Guardian” that has seen since been drilling for hydrocarbons at an estimated 100 miles to the north.
Argentina considers that these operations are infringing on its sovereignty over the South Atlantic Islands and adjacent waters and has imposed restrictions on vessels travelling to the Islands from the continent.
UK argues there are no doubts about British sovereignty over the Islands and that Islanders have a right to self determination, and as such to issue oil licences in Falklands’ waters and develop an oil industry.
Sources from the British embassy in Buenos Aires have repeatedly stated that UK kept Argentina informed of all the hydrocarbons exploratory activities in Falklands’ waters even when Argentina unilaterally decided to reject a South West Atlantic joint oil exploration and production understanding dating back to 1995.