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needless to say a certain Mr Chavez has something to say on the matter...

Argentina rallies regional support over Falklands

 

Latin American and Caribbean leaders have backed Argentina's claim over the Falklands, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has said.

At a regional summit in Cancun, Mexico, a document has reportedly been drafted giving Argentina unanimous support.

It comes a day after a British oil rig began drilling for oil off the islands, a move Argentina formally objected to.

The UK's defence minister said the government would take whatever steps necessary to protect the Falklands.

Argentina and Britain went to war over the South Atlantic islands in 1982, after Buenos Aires invaded the archipelago.

The conflict ended with UK forces wresting back control of the islands, held by Britain since 1833.

No official statement has been made in Cancun, but Mexican President Felipe Calderon reportedly said a document had been drawn up offering Buenos Aires full support in its territorial dispute with London.

The Argentine president accused the British government of ignoring international law by allowing a British oil exploration company to begin drilling near the islands.

She said: "I think the important thing is that we have achieved very strong support, something that legitimates our claims fundamentally against the new petroleum activity."

The BBC's Andy Gallacher in Cancun says that any broad agreement at the summit could put more pressure on the British government in what has become an escalating diplomatic row.

 

'Return the Malvinas'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reiterated his support for Argentina.

"We demand, and I think all of us should do the same, the withdrawal of the submarine platform, and that the English government... give that land back," he said.

Before leaving for the summit, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called for "Britain to return the territory of the Malvinas to its real owners - to return it to Argentina" on Venezuelan Telesur television.

Leaders at the summit, between the Rio Group and the Caribbean Community (Caricom), are also said to have discussed plans for a new pan-American alliance which would exclude Canada and the United States.

 

The new grouping would serve as an alternative to the Organisation of American States, the main forum for regional affairs in the past 50 years.

The British rig Ocean Guardian began drilling 100km (62 miles) north of the Falklands on Monday, despite fierce opposition from Argentina.

Desire Petroleum, which is carrying out the drilling, said operations had started on the Liz 14/19-A exploration well at 1415 GMT.

Argentina claims sovereignty over what it calls the Islas Malvinas and has imposed shipping restrictions.

But UK Defence Minister Bill Rammell said the government had a "legitimate right" to build an oil industry in its waters.

Mr Rammell said the UK would take "whatever steps necessary" to protect the islands and that it had made Argentina "aware of that".

Argentina has ruled out military action and is trying to pressure Britain into negotiations on sovereignty.

During the seven-week war in 1982 over the Falklands, 649 Argentine and 255 British service personnel were killed.

Last year Argentina submitted a claim to the United Nations for a vast expanse of ocean, based on research into the extent of the continental shelf, stretching to the Antarctic and including the island chains governed by the UK.

It is due to raise the issue at the UN later this week.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8529605.stm

 

 

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I would like to see a detailed claim by Argentina of why they believe the islands belong to them.  I dont even think Argentina existed as a nation when we claimed those isalnds back in 1833.

 

Who's we?

 

You're just  a serf mate. Pipe down.  :cheesy:

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I would like to see a detailed claim by Argentina of why they believe the islands belong to them.  I dont even think Argentina existed as a nation when we claimed those isalnds back in 1833.

 

Who's we?

 

You're just  a serf mate. Pipe down.  :cheesy:

 

We. the UK, The Brits you south american bumming loon

 

Get me Nick Griffins number, pronto  :razz:

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I would like to see a detailed claim by Argentina of why they believe the islands belong to them.  I dont even think Argentina existed as a nation when we claimed those isalnds back in 1833.

 

Who's we?

 

You're just  a serf mate. Pipe down.  :cheesy:

 

We. the UK, The Brits you south american bumming loon

 

Get me Nick Griffins number, pronto  :razz:

 

:laugh: :angry:

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I would like to see a detailed claim by Argentina of why they believe the islands belong to them.  I dont even think Argentina existed as a nation when we claimed those isalnds back in 1833.

 

Who's we?

 

You're just  a serf mate. Pipe down.  :cheesy:

 

We. the UK, The Brits you south american bumming loon

 

Get me Nick Griffins number, pronto  :razz:

 

:laugh: :angry:

 

Its ok, some dick sent me Melanie Griffiths number instead. Even worse.  :blush:

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according to Wiki 95% of the people living there speak English, which is the official language of the islands.  If Argentina gained control, would they be likely to keep English as the official language?  I doubt it.  The currency is also the Falkland Pound, which the Argentinians would probably also switch to the Argentinian Peso.  All residents also hold British Citizenship.  Is it not our 'duty' to protect their wellbeing?  (By duty I mean to continue to resist Argentinian claims to the sovereignty.  They've already said they won't take military action, so it looks unlikely we'll have another Falklands on our hands).

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why the fuck, are we spending tax payer's money on a stupid island that is over 7000 miles away, just stupid

 

As mentioned before, oil. 60bn barrels of it (although claimed that only a fraction is usable, this could well be a line used to put the Argies off). Even if only 1/6th is usable (may well not be that much, i've no idea, those in charge will know though), that's 10bn barrels of oil, China and the US import approximately 1m barrels a day, so you'd be talking 5,000 days (13 years) of oil at present rates for each of the two biggest oil importers in the world, which is a lot of oil and enough to fight for (in our government's view) especially in light of North Sea Oil running out. I'd imagine even if it's only 1/60th, a billion barrels of oil is a pretty hefty amount of cash.

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Yes of course it's about Oil, after all isn't every political decision made over this subject.  :idiot2:

 

I'm confused. Are you saying you don't think it's about oil? The whole thing has kicked off precisely because we've permitted a company to start drilling for oil there when Argentina asked us not to.

 

EDIT: Appears the Independent prefer £60bn to 60bn barrels, but still, oil and gas...

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/argentina-to-renew-case-for-falklands-autonomy-1904130.html

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