The Falkland Islands Government has labeled claims made by the Argentine Foreign Ministry that the Falkland Islands will fall within Argentinian sovereign waters as “wholly misleading”.
Argentina’s Foreign Ministry stated March 28 that a United Nations Commission had approved a decision to extend the country’s maritime boundaries, calling the move “a historic occasion for Argentina”.
“This is a historic occasion for Argentina and we have taken a big step in the demarcation of the outer limits of our continental shelf,” said Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.
Commenting on the Argentine announcements, the Chair of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands, Mike Summers, told Rigzone that the UN Commission made no adjudication on the sovereignty of the islands and claimed that nothing had changed with regards to the country’s maritime borders.
“The Falkland Islands Government is aware of the announcements made by the Government of Argentina in relation to a submission made to the Commission on the Law of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) over the past few days,” said Summers.
“It is our understanding that the Rules of Procedure of the CLCS prevent the Commission from considering cases where there is an overlapping claim, as is the case with the Falkland Islands, and indeed the UN itself has acknowledged that the CLCS did not consider claims relating the Falkland Islands within the submission received from Argentina.
“The UN statement makes no adjudication on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands and has no implications for the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands or our right to develop our territorial waters. The Falkland Islands people voted overwhelmingly in 2013 to maintain our links with the United Kingdom as a British Overseas Territory, and the statements made by the UN do not change that.
“Argentine statements which suggest that the sovereign position in the Falkland Islands has changed as a result of this decision are wholly misleading.”
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