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Falklands air links and oil talks between UK and Argentina confirmed by Malcorra

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 04:52 UTC
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Malcorra in a press conference confirmed that she discussed the issues of air links and oil with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London Malcorra in a press conference confirmed that she discussed the issues of air links and oil with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London
Malcorra also revealed that both sides were working in organizing a meeting between May and Macri in China in the sidelines of the G20  Malcorra also revealed that both sides were working in organizing a meeting between May and Macri in China in the sidelines of the G20
The 2 August letter from PM Theresa May was published on the Wednesday edition of Clarin.  The 2 August letter from PM Theresa May was published on the Wednesday edition of Clarin.

Foreign minister Susana Malcorra confirmed on Wednesday that Argentina and the United Kingdom are holding talks, “moving to a more productive phase” which includes making progress towards new “air links between the Falkland Islands and third countries” plus the removal of “restrictive hydrocarbons measures”.

 The statement follows the publication by Buenos Aires daily Clarin of a letter sent by Prime Minister Theresa May to President Mauricio Macri on August 2nd.

“In reference to air links and hydrocarbons, this conversation was started when I visited London and met with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It was then we talked about the possibility of these flights, we´re exploring ways to make it possible, but it has not been resolved. The UK also mentioned it was interested in the hydrocarbons issue”, revealed Ms Malcorra at the media conference.

The minister added that the Legal departments are involved in the issue and it is “an ongoing commitment”, to try and “reestablish dialogue at the highest level, as was mentioned by president Macri and the former prime minister David Cameron when they met earlier this year in Davos”.

“We continue to believe that the link between Argentina and the UK is most important for our insertion in the world. The difference over the Malvinas Islands is part of our constitution and a very dear issue for the Argentine people, and this we can't deny”.

Malcorra revealed that the ministries are trying to organize a meeting between Macri and May, “in the sidelines of G20”, scheduled to take place next September in Chengdu, China, and “we must recall that there has been an exchange of messages between the president and the prime minister” in reference to the letter published by Clarin.

The air links to Falklands, according to PM May's letter refer to “third countries in the region” and the “restrictive hydrocarbons measures” are the legacy of ex president Cristina Fernandez government abundant legislation.

Follows the text of the letter from 10 Downing Street sent to president Macri.

2 August 2016

Dear President Macri:

Thank for your recent letter to my predecessor, informing him that Argentina has nominated Ms Susana Malcorra to run for the position of UN Secretary General.

As I am sure you appreciate, the UK has a long standing policy of not revealing its voting intentions in UN Secretary General elections. I assure you, however, that we judge all candidates on their merits and we will carefully consider Ms Malcorra's bid.

I would like to take the opportunity to express my hope that we can continue to work together to move the relationship between the UK and Argentina into a more productive phase and I am pleased that the Foreign Secretary has already had the opportunity to speak to you about this. I welcome our growing cooperation on such areas as trade and investment, combating drugs, crime and corruption, and Argentina moving closer to the OECD. I was delighted to hear that the recent visit of the sail training ship “Libertad” to Liverpool was such a success, a clear sign of our strengthening ties.

It is my sincere hope that, where we have differences, these can be acknowledged in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and with the intention to act in a way that benefits all those concerned. This includes making progress towards new air links between the Falkland Islands and third countries in the region, and the removal of restrictive hydrocarbons measures.

I look forward to have the opportunity to meet you soon.

Yours sincerely Theresa May

 

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  • Roger Lorton

    This letter is actually a threat. In other words, unless Argentina is willing to back off on flights to Uruguay and Chile, and pack in breaking international trade rules over the oil issue, the UK will veto Malcorra's bid to be Secretary General.

    How much are you prepared to pay Argentina?

    Aug 11th, 2016 - 05:59 am 0
  • James Marshall

    @2 “..by UN rules UK should not steal the oil in our sovereign waters......Falklanders steal our fish, want to steal our oil” Are you trying to make out the UN 'rules' state they are Argentinian sovereign waters. Have they really said they are your waters. If they have then what are we arguing about, case closed....but...

    Resolutions are non binding, so is it really 'illegal' to carry on a unilateral exploration within the EEZ of a NSGT by it's people......well 1514 says this...'Affirming that peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law.....hmmm, so are the Falklands a NSGT or not, seems they are listed as one of the 17 on the UN website.

    Aug 11th, 2016 - 08:21 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @2. What “oil in our sovereign waters” is the UK “stealing”? You are aware that the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands were specifically EXCLUDED from the UN statement on argieland's attempt to “claim” half the South Atlantic, aren't you? You are also aware, I'm sure, that those three BRITISH island groups have the same rights to the same extent of territorial waters, contiguous zonal waters and exclusive economic zonal waters as argieland. By the way, fish have been known to do a couple of things like swimming and moving. I wonder if argieland approaches fishing in the same way as spain? Spain now has virtually no fish stocks of its own in commercially viable quantities. A true testament to spanish greed! Incidentally, there are also such things as international waters. Falklanders have every right to fish there if they wish.

    Aug 11th, 2016 - 08:25 am 0
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