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Falklands included in Argentina’s UN continental shelf committee presentation

Tuesday, August 14th 2012 - 07:54 UTC
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Argentina’s claim also includes South Georgia, South Sandwich and Argentine Antarctica Argentina’s claim also includes South Georgia, South Sandwich and Argentine Antarctica

Argentina made a technical presentation last week before the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, CLCS, on the exterior limits of the Argentine shelf in which the claimed territories of the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and ‘Argentine Antarctica’ were included.

In a late Monday short communiqué the Foreign Ministry said that last Wednesday Argentina made the new presentation before the CLCS, which has already created a sub committee that will begin analysing the Argentine exterior limit, which it claims includes the Falkland Islands as part of the country’s continental shelf.

Argentina had already made a first presentation before the CLCS on April 2009, according to timetable, followed by an oral support in August the same year.

This is the case when the exterior border line of the continental shelf of a country extends beyond the 200 miles and under provisions from the Law of the Sea those countries must present scientific data to a technical organism created by CLCS.

“In the continental shelf sovereignty rights from the coastal states include exploring and exploiting the sedentary living resources and non living located in that maritime space”, according to the Argentine release.

In this new display last week Argentina made an audiovisual presentation with the relevant images and cartography of all the coastal extension of the “Argentine territory”, appealing to the Geographic Information Systems, and thus “protecting its continental shelf resources and reaffirming sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich and Argentine Antarctica”, added the ministry’s release.

The Argentine presentation was based on four main issues: introduction to the Argentine presentation; the government organism responsible for the presentation; the work displayed by Argentina’ commission on the exterior limits of the Argentine continental shelf, COPLA and the outline of the exterior limit of the Argentine continental shelf: foot and slope of the talus, formulas and restrictions established in article 76 of the Law of the Sea Convention.

As of 8 August the CLCS sub committee has started to analyze the Argentine presentation. The seven members subcommittee includes the following experts: Dr. Galo Carreras (México); Jair Alberto Ribas Marques (Brazil) and president of the subcommittee; Martin Vang Heinesen (Denmark); Isaac Owusu Oduro (Ghana), Mazlan Bin Madon (Malaysia); Lawrence Folajimi Awosika (Nigeria) and Yong Ahn Park (Korea).

Argentina argues that as a coastal state “it possesses and exercises sovereignty rights over its continental shelf, the maritime space which includes the sea bed and subsoil of the submarine areas extending beyond its territorial waters and along the natural prolongation of its territory up to the exterior limit of its continental margin”.

When the exterior border of the continental margin is beyond the two hundred miles from the baseline, as is the case with Argentina, states acting on the UN Law of the Sea must present scientific reports to support the extent of their claims.

In the continental shelf sovereignty rights of coastal states include exploring and exploiting the natural resources in its maritime space.

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  • Brit Bob

    Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands is no stronger than Canada claiming Alaska because it's closer. This is another load of propaganda and part of Argentina's 'Great Malvinas Lie' to distract their public away from harsh economic facts, most of which has been brought about by poor governance.

    The Peso is only going one way...

    Aug 14th, 2012 - 08:34 am 0
  • coldo

    So how does this work?

    Is Argentina’s theory the islands are all on the same very large continental shelve which they are on and therefore the islands and everything else on this shelve belongs to them…?

    Forgive my lack of geographical knowledge and technical knowledge in this space but does this same shelve not also extend to all other costal countries along the eastern side of South America? So Brazil etc by default is also Argentina’s…!

    Does this not also mean that the UK sitting on the same shelve as France now belongs to the French or vice versa?

    I think this is where the argument for Argentina’s land grab policy towards the Falklands and additional island surely must fall down. Especially considering the Falklands have their own Assembly governing their own land. That said I am looking at this with an open and practical view which will clearly be ignored by others claiming I am some sort of Pirate.

    My real worry is not Argentina. They will implode soon enough due to their economy etc and CFK will be ousted to be replaced potentially by yet another radical pro Malvinas fool. No, my worry is the UN continues to spend time listening to them on the issue and entertaining their one sided blinkered view towards a peaceful neighbour.

    The opening part of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds come to mind when thinking of Argentina’s attitude to the Falkland’s.

    “Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”

    Aug 14th, 2012 - 08:43 am 0
  • Steveu

    You cannot infer sovereignty from the continental shelf

    It does give some rights to exploit minerals etc but all of the UK BOTs will have up to a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone - irrespective of whether they have a continental shelf or not. The map shows this very clearly

    Aug 14th, 2012 - 08:56 am 0
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