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RESPONSE TO STATEMENTS MADE RELATING TO THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF

A statement from The Honourable Mike Summers OBE, Chair of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands Government is aware of the announcements made by the Government of Argentina in relation to a submission make to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) over the past few days. 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.