Falkland Islands

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by spider, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

    I heard on ABC Radio that the Argentinean’s have claimed part of Antarctica including the Falkland Islands.
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Spider -

    That's not too surprising since the reports are confirmed of Oil being found just off shore of the islands - they want their share I guess - and as the Brits no longer have a Maggie Thatcher - they will probably get it ...

  3. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

    Argentina claims vast seabed territory

    Argentina has formally laid claim to a vast expanse of ocean stretching as far as the Antarctic, including sovereignty over land disputed by Britain.

    Argentina's claim not only includes the disputed Falkland Islands, but includes sea bed territory that extends all the way to Antarctica and includes considerable territory in dispute with the UK and Chile.

    Under the UN's Law of the Sea, a country enjoys certain rights where it can prove its continental shelf extends beyond the usual 200-mile limit.

    But when Australia tried the same thing in 2004, making a claim that extended to the Antarctic, there was much international criticism and Australia was forced to back down, at least partially.

    Under the Antarctic Treaty of 1961, no nation can make further claims to Antarctic territory.

    From ABC News

    Argentina claims vast seabed territory - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  4. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    International law will be called upon at some stage if there is a fortune of oil at stake.

    Falklands War Part II , if Argentina did invade again what could GB do ?
    Whilst MT did act strongly , she almost came to grief and so easily could have done - her own defence cuts and reduction of the Royal Navy left it very touch and go.
    Given todays call on the forces it is highly unlikely that any armed intervention could be resisted.

    If these claims eventually do go to law I only hope that the Islanders will not be neglected in the outcome , it probably won't be British Interests which will hold sway but those of the Islanders - what is around the Islands is theirs.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive


    They'll never invade again. In short there is and always will be a military presence strong enough to deter/prevent it from happening.

    Britain was caught napping in the 80's.....Once bitten twice shy and all that. I can't see it ever happening again.

    As for the story it's nothing new, anyone who has followed the politics of the region will know or have heard a some point of Argentina claiming that the Falklands is their's either before or after 1982. Aregentina has done so ever since, especially around election times. I suspect more to appease the people more than anything else.

    Is Argentina having a general election anytime soon by any chance?

  6. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    As you say Andy the claims and counter claims are nothing new and the chances of a civilian goverment doinf what a dictatorhsip did are extremely unlikely.

    The long term political will to ensure the rights of the Islanders I would hope will endure.

    The prospect of oil etc - also long known and speculated on , Argentina would have a right but the islanders also have a right.
    (After all they live there).

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  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Awwww Elections in June then :lol:

    It true politician style I suspect it will all be forgotten about come July ;)
  8. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    I claim the seabed to the Atlantic, it's mine and you can't have it! ;):rolleyes:
  9. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Thankfully the political situation isn't present in Argentina in the way it was in 1982 to allow an invasion to go ahead. Will be interesting to see how this develops diplomatically, however.
  10. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    The very same scenario is being played out here in Canada. Everyone and their dog is now claiming part of the Canadian Arctic (U.S., Russia, Norway, Denmark, etc.) Again, it's all about natural resources. The Canadian government has been active in trying exert it's sovereignty and in diplomatic circles. Santa Claus is also reported to be very upset!
  11. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Santa Claus is also reported to be very upset!

    Not to worry mate, Santa wont be worried...infact he doesnt no! i took control of Lapland and sent him into slave labour.........

  12. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Canuck -
    it;s not so much that Santa is upset - it's Donner und Blitzen - they might have to learn Russian !
  13. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Canuck -
    it;s not so much that Santa is upset - it's Donner und Blitzen - they might have to learn Russian !

    It gets worse. Mrs. Claus has filed for divorce and is claiming for half the royalties on the oil. She's moving to Copenhagen.

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