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Falklands: Argentina declares Italy's Edison oil activities 'illegal' and 'clandestine'

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - 06:46 UTC
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The move to ban Edison is “part of the strategy Argentina has been developing against companies that operate illegally in areas near the Malvinas Islands” (Pic Reuters) The move to ban Edison is “part of the strategy Argentina has been developing against companies that operate illegally in areas near the Malvinas Islands” (Pic Reuters)
Last week, Argentina also declared the oil and gas exploration activities being undertaken by Noble Energy in the Falklands to be “illegal” and “clandestine.” Last week, Argentina also declared the oil and gas exploration activities being undertaken by Noble Energy in the Falklands to be “illegal” and “clandestine.”
Argentine Judge Herraez ordered seizure of millions of assets and impounding of ships and other property belonging to oil companies operating 'illegally' in Falklands' waters. Argentine Judge Herraez ordered seizure of millions of assets and impounding of ships and other property belonging to oil companies operating 'illegally' in Falklands' waters.

The oil and gas operations being undertaken by Italy's Edison International S.p.A. on “the Argentine continental shelf” near the disputed Falkland Islands are “illegal” and “clandestine,” the Argentine Energy Ministry said Tuesday.

 The Energy Ministry said in a resolution published in the Official Bulletin that it notified the Treasury, Foreign ministry and federal prosecutors of the decision to ban Edison's operations, which ”have not been approved by (Argentine) authorities with jurisdiction“ in the matter.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the British Overseas Territory of Falkland Islands, which Latin Americans call the Malvinas.

The move to ban Edison is ”part of the strategy the Argentine government has been developing against companies that operate illegally in areas near the Malvinas Islands,“ the ministry said.

Last week, Argentina declared the oil and gas exploration activities being undertaken by Noble Energy Falklands Limited in an area near the Islands to be ”illegal“ and ”clandestine.“

In June, Federal Judge Lilian Herraez, who is based in the city of Rio Grande, ordered the seizure of $156.4 million worth of assets, as well as the impounding of ships and confiscation of other property, belonging to oil companies that operate illegally in Falklands waters.

In August 2013, the Argentine government barred four British oil companies carrying out exploration work in waters near the Falkland Islands from operating in Argentina. The measure targeted Borders & Southern Petroleum, Desire Petroleum, Argos Resources and Falkland Oil and Gas.

In May 2012, Argentina's Energy Secretariat declared the companies' activities in waters near the disputed islands to be ”illegal and clandestine.”

Buenos Aires demands that Britain comply with a 1965 United Nations resolution describing London's control of the Falklands - which dates from 1833 - as colonialism and calling on the parties to resolve the dispute through dialogue.

London has refused to discuss the question of sovereignty and says the Falklanders should decide their own future and any conversations will have to be three-sided.

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  • lsolde

    Who cares what Argentina “declares”?
    l declare Argentina to be illegal & to be thieves & murderers as they murdered the rightful owners of Patagonia & thieved their land.
    So Argentina is also guilty of stealing from dead people.
    Of course we all know that they are liars also.
    Witness their continued ridiculous lies about their ownership of the Falklands.
    lncompetent bunglers.

    Oct 14th, 2015 - 10:30 am 0
  • slattzzz

    Oh FFS Rgenweener shut up, it's getting very boring now

    Oct 14th, 2015 - 10:44 am 0
  • ChrisR

    There are times when I feel almost sorry for the argies, well almost.

    They just cannot help making themselves the laughing stock of the world, pitifully supported by the likes of Kiki Mashed Potato Head crowing from Canada as to how great TMBOA and her 'government' is.

    Still, you have to laugh.

    Oct 14th, 2015 - 12:57 pm 0
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