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Falkland Islands Government response to Mercosur shipping ban announcement

Member of the Legislative Assembly Jan Cheek said:

˜The people of the Falkland Islands deeply regret the decision by Mercosur to ban our legitimately flagged vessels from entering their ports, though we can sympathise with our friends in South America as to the bullying tactics employed by Argentina.  We are resourceful people, and we will not bow to Argentina in their attempts to undermine our home and way of life.

˜We welcome reports that President Mujica has said Uruguay will not participate in an economic blockade of the Falkland Islands.  We would remind the countries of South America of the long and mutually beneficial trade relationship we share with countries in the region, and encourage them to respect us as the valuable and reliable regional partner we have strived to be.™

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Darren Christie:  +500 27400 / dchristie@sec.gov.fk (Falkland Islands based)