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Argentina celebrates 112th anniversary of flag flying and presence in Antarctica

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 - 06:43 UTC
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Since 1904 Argentina has had a standing uninterrupted presence in Antarctica and in 1959 was one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, said the ministry Since 1904 Argentina has had a standing uninterrupted presence in Antarctica and in 1959 was one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, said the ministry
“Signaling a new chapter of bilateral cooperation, a committee of Argentine-Chilean inspectors for the first time made joint inspections of Antarctica bases” “Signaling a new chapter of bilateral cooperation, a committee of Argentine-Chilean inspectors for the first time made joint inspections of Antarctica bases”
From Ushuaia Governor Bertone said that the people of Tierra del Fuego ratify their “unrenounceable sovereignty rights over Argentine Antarctica” From Ushuaia Governor Bertone said that the people of Tierra del Fuego ratify their “unrenounceable sovereignty rights over Argentine Antarctica”

Argentina Antarctica Day was celebrated on Monday 22 February, recalling the 112th anniversary of the first time the country's flag was flown at the Meteorological and Magnetic Observatory in the Laure Island, South Orkneys in 1904.

 According to a release from the Foreign Ministry, since 1904 Argentina has had a standing and uninterrupted presence in Antarctica and in 1959 was one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty as has since become one of the main actors in the Antarctic Treaty System for over half a century.

The ministry then underlines that after twenty years Argentina has again been involved in the inspection of foreign bases in Antarctica in the framework of the Treaty and its Environment Protection Protocol.

“Signaling a new chapter of bilateral cooperation, between February 15 and 18, a committee of Argentine-Chilean inspectors for the first time made joint inspections of Antarctica bases and stations from six countries that are Consulting parties of the Treaty”

“Inspections are a mutual confidence consolidation mechanism among parties through the control of compliance with international norms and a special emphasis in the protection of the Antarctic environment”.

The resulting inspection reports will be presented at the 39th Consulting Meeting of the Antarctic Treaty which is scheduled to take place next May in Santiago de Chile, concludes the ministry's report.

Meanwhile in Ushuaia, a major commemoration took place headed by Tierra del Fuego governor, Rosana Bertone. The ceremony was attended by lawmakers, provincial officials and members of the cabinet, councilors, representatives from security forces, Malvinas veterans and public in general.

“Here we are in the capital of Antarctica to express the strong decision from Tierra del Fuego's people in ratifying our unrenounceable sovereignty rights over Argentine Antarctica”, said governor Bertone .

The governor added that the new provincial government has given a new emphasis to Antarctica by creating the Secretariat for Affairs relative to Antarctica, Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands and its surrounding maritime spaces. This will be supported by the inclusion in schools curricula of issues referred to Antarctica, Malvinas and the South Atlantic.

Finally provincial authorities and lawmakers participated in the unveiling of a bust, in the Antarctica Pioneers plaza, dedicated to Hugo Acuña, the first Argentine to fly the country's flag in Antarctica in 1904.

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  • Lord Lucan

    Are they trying to steal Antarctica now? Rather late to the game according to some down here

    Feb 23rd, 2016 - 09:55 am 0
  • lsolde

    Maybe they own the moon also?
    lt does shine on Argentina, so it must be theirs!

    Feb 23rd, 2016 - 09:59 am 0
  • SebaSvtz

    Unlike with the FI, Argentina has had a solid, permanent presence in Antartica for over a century, as well as a solid and well prepared case to justify both its presence and aspirations over the place.

    btw, just because a British national landed in some area of Antartica some years before and a claim was made from a desk in Londond it does not mean that the whole continent belongs to the UK.
    Sounds familiar? ;)

    But, in order to be fair, I think it would be great if Antartica remains under the current treaty, so it is well preserved. It is the last truly wild place on this planet.

    I celebrate this anniversary and I hope for many more to come.

    Feb 23rd, 2016 - 10:25 am 0
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