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Icebreaker Irizar returns from its first Antarctica campaign in ten years

Thursday, April 12th 2018 - 07:57 UTC
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Argentina's icebreaker Almirante Irizar is back in Buenos Aires at the end of its first Antarctic campaign in ten years, following the fire that almost knocked the Finnish built vessel out of action. She left on 26 December and completed 107 days in the high seas and Antarctica's ice. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    The fact remains that uti possidetis juris fails to square properly with the legal establishment of non-Hispanic states in the New World, as well as with the more recently evolved principle of decolonization and self-determination. Furthermore, save for the Latin American states, succession from the original Spanish rights has neither commanded widespread respect nor attracted international acceptance, either in practice or in principle. The dearth of contemporary legal appreciation for uti possidetis juris strongly suggests that it contributes only a modicum, if any, legal support to either Argentina's or Chile's assertion to valid title over claims in the Southern Ocean or Antarctica. In short, consideration of intertemporal law and factual conditions, especially the extent to which the territorial sovereignty of Spain was actually manifest in the Antarctic casts serious doubts about the legal propriety or validity of the uti possidetis argument today. (79) ('Antarctica and the Law of The Sea,' Joyner C,* Nijhoff, M Publishers, p59-60, 1992, quoting, 'Conflict of Sovereignties in Antarctica,' Yearbook of World Affairs, Daniel J, p 262-66, 1949; 'The American Antarctic,' American Journal of International Law,' p603, Hayton R.D., 1956; and 'Antarctic Law and Politics,' Auburn, F.M. P50, pub C Hurst 1982).

    *Associate Professor of Political Science and Member of the School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

    To believe that the Falkland Islands and the territories in the Southern Ocean belong to Argentina because of the inheritance is incorrect. Falklands – Argentina's Inheritance Problem (1 pg):

    Apr 12th, 2018 - 09:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    I wonder if it will still be there when HMS Protector arrives? It would be kind of cool for the two icebreakers to both be there at once.

    Apr 12th, 2018 - 01:25 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • The Voice

    Protector probably gave it a tow..

    Apr 12th, 2018 - 01:55 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • KelperSmoko

    Hi Demon see the photos of the article:

    It's amazing how everything has changed since the search for the missing submarine took place.

    Apr 13th, 2018 - 06:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mollymauk

    Just for the record - Belgrano II is not in the South Orkneys - it is on the Antarctic continent, in the Southeast corner of the Weddell Sea.

    Apr 18th, 2018 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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