“Argentine courts have no jurisdiction in the Falkland Islands”, said Falklands' lawmaker Mike Summers early Monday in response to the latest Argentine attempt into bullying the Islands and derailing its economy.
The Falkland Islands is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, and not subject to the laws of Argentina or any of its provinces, underlined member of the Legislative Assembly Mike Summers.
Over the week end it was announced that Argentina will pursue in Britain and the United States a local judge's order to seize assets of oil drillers operating in the Falklands Islands, the Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman said in an interview published in a government financed newspaper on Sunday.
Timerman's statement followed on Tierra del Fuego federal judge Lilian Herraez ordering the seizure of $156 million in bank accounts, rig, boats and other property of six European and U.S. oil companies operating in the Falkland Islands.
Foreign minister Timerman told 'Tiempo Argentino' on Sunday that on Monday 29 June he will formally request that the stock exchange regulators in London and New York implement the judge's order.
The companies named in the order are Premier Oil Plc; Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd, Rockhopper Exploration Plc, Noble Energy Inc and Edison International Spa.
Argentina claims sovereignty over the South Atlantic islands which under UN terminology are identified as Falklands/Malvinas. In 1982 Argentina organized a military invasion and occupation of the Islands, which lasted 74 days until dislodged by a British Task Force with an overall loss of almost a thousand lives.
In March 2013, the Falklands held a referendum on its future, and status, with international guarantees, and except for three votes, the overwhelming majority voted to remain as a British Overseas Territory.
Under the Argentine constitution, Tierra del Fuego province also includes Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands, plus Argentine Antarctic Territory”.