The British Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed Argentina’s claims to the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands as “speculation”, vowing to defend the islander’s rights.
According to the Argentine foreign ministry, Argentine waters had increased by 1.7 million square km (0.66 million square miles) and the UN commission decision will be key factor in its dispute with the UK over the disputed Falkland Islands and beyond. A decision has been made by a UN commission to expand Argentina’s maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 35%.
On the other hand, the British Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed Argentina’s claims to the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands as “speculation”, vowing to defend the islander’s rights.
“One of the commissions has looked at issues regarding maritime territory. We have yet to receive details of that report. This is an advisory committee that makes recommendations that are not legally binding. It does not have jurisdiction over sovereignty issues.
“I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves. Speculation of what the report says has come from Argentina so we should wait to see what comes out of the commission.
“What is important is what the Falkland Islanders think. They have been clear that they want to remain an overseas territory of Britain and we will continue to support their right,” a spokesman for David Cameron said.
Argentina lost a brief, bloody 1982 war with the UK after Argentinian troops seized the South Atlantic archipelago that Latin Americans call the Malvinas.
“This is a historic occasion for Argentina because we’ve made a huge leap in the demarcation of the exterior limit of our continental shelf. This reaffirms our sovereignty rights over the resources of our continental shelf,” said argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra.
Although, the UK is responsible for its defense and foreign affairs, the Falklands are internally self-governing, but. The British government earlier said that islanders cannot be forced to accept Argentinian sovereignty against their will.
However, oil exploration is already pumping millions of dollars into the Falkland Islands economy. So, the UK will not accept the UN commission rule regarding Falkland Islands and beyond.