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Delimitation of the Argentine continental shelf

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:34 UTC
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By Professor Peter Willetts, South Atlantic Council (*) - The Argentine Foreign Ministry announced on 28 March 2016 that it had gained international recognition of a claim to an exceptionally large continental shelf. But they were mistaken. Argentina had made a submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on 21 April 2009 to claim sovereignty rights over the resources of the sea-bed. Read full article

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  • Brit Bob

    ''The international law on the continental shelf is embedded in a major global treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It defines the role and the status of the Commission. UNCLOS also declares the Commission’s recommendations are “final and binding”. The Commission is composed of 21 scientists and each submission is examined by a sub-commission of seven Commission members. The Convention and the CLCS Rules of Procedure forbid these scientists from making any decisions about legal or political disputes. For this reason, the Commission instructed the sub-commission on the Argentine submission not to consider the shelf around the disputed islands.'' Correct.

    What the UN actually said,

    ''With regard to the recommendations in respect of the submission made by Argentina, it is recalled that, previously, the Commission had already decided that it was not in a position to consider and qualify those parts of the submission that were subject to dispute and those parts that were related to the continental shelf appurtenant to Antarctica ''(see CLCS/64, paras. 76 and 77 and CLCS/76 para. 57) And Paragraph 3 of UN Press Release from Ban Ki-Moon's office dated 28th March 2016:

    http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sea2030.doc.htm

    http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sea2030.doc.htm

    Jun 03rd, 2016 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    At this rate Argentina will be claiming all the bloody bacteria next,

    along with all the bacteria's that support them.

    Jun 03rd, 2016 - 08:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    “The sub-commission on the Australian submission was instructed in April 2005 not to consider a boundary for the Australian claim to part of Antarctica.”

    Page 49 from Australia's submission in NOVEMBER 2004
    http://www.un.org/depts/los/clcs_new/submissions_files/aus04/Documents/aus_doc_es_web_delivery.pdf

    “Australia requests the Commission in accordance with its rules not to take any action for the time being with regard to the information in this Submission that relates to continental shelf appurtenant to Antarctica”

    Seems Australia set the precedent.

    Sorry Argentina.

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 12:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Hey what about Nauru and Manus, Skippy?

    That's some humanitarian position on immigration you Wussie's have.

    Hat's off to you!

    I'm sure Trump wishes he get some of that action in the conus.

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 05:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “It remains a mystery how professional staff in the Argentine Foreign Ministry could fail to appreciate what was happening in the Commission”

    Not to posters on here.

    You can predict with almost absolute certainty that anything the UN states will have its meaning reversed by Argentina.
    They call it' native cunning' though why they think it is smart to lie and make themselves look like utter prats is beyond me.

    And the fact that Malcorra, who has worked for the UN can't even get it right is simply laughable.

    I did think with the passing of the CFK circus clowns that Argentina were going to deny us a few laughs at their expense.

    It seems the pantomime will continue, producing much mirth.

    To coin another poster's phrase, Argentina, the gift that keeps giving.

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 07:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    Bad reporting also contributed to the initial bogus claims by Argentina: if the journalists had properly researched the subject this article would have appeared at the right time.

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 10:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The South Atlantic Council was formed to promote communication between Argentines, British people and Falkland Islanders,

    Did anyone or country ask for this council ,
    who asked them to be arbiters,
    or did I completely read it wrongly.

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    The founders of the SAC gave the job to themselves - George Foulkes MP, Cyril Townsend MP, Christopher Mitchel and Walter Little.

    It is a very select - indeed aged - group. Invitees only. Prof Willetts is by far the most obviously active.

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MALVINERO SUPREMO

    JAJAJA The reality is a BIG WIN for Argnetina,and a RECOGNITION of the dispute.Now,the competing claims,REMAINS UNEXTENDED for both.Nice recognition of the dispute...AND uk CAN DO A DAMN THING in those areas,WITHOUT Argentina permission.willets,KNOWS a damn thing about International law,like lordtrash..a policeman,paid liar!

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 06:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Don't you just love it when a former ally of Argentina turns out to have a conscience and tells the truth.

    Never mind, the argies are used to getting the international award for the biggest porky pies of the present year!

    Jun 04th, 2016 - 07:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @7Briton
    Whilst Professor Willetts seems to have some grip on reality, I cannot remember off hand, the South Atlantic Council being of the slightest relevance to anything that has happened concerning the Falkland Islands over the past 34 or so years.

    @9 Chicken Supreme
    “...AND uk CAN DO A DAMN THING in those areas,WITHOUT Argentina permission.”

    Correct, the UK indeed can do a damn thing in the areas.

    Our ships and submarines (the ones that submerge for more than 19 hours a year) are patrolling the areas, without any interference from Argentina.

    Our aircraft patrol the areas, without interference from your Tucano fighters.

    Oil rigs are drilling in the areas, without Argentine interference.

    Fishing licenses are issued to ships fishing in the area without Argentine interference.

    Tourist ships come and go as they please without your tyre burning idiots to greet the tourists on the Islands.

    Thank you Chicken Supreme, for your kind support and your affirmation that 'UK can do a damn thing.' in areas it is responsible for.

    Jun 05th, 2016 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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