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Response to the Argentine Government’s intent to impose criminal sanctions on oil companies operating in the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands Government regrets this latest attempt by the Argentine Government to undermine the economy of the Falkland Islands and prevent the legitimate exploration and exploitation of our natural resources. 

 In accordance with our right to self-determination, as outlined in Chapter 1 Article 1.2 of the UN Charter, we are absolutely clear that we have the right to develop our own natural resources.  We remain entirely clear that Argentine domestic legislation does not apply to the Falkland Islands, therefore there is absolutely no legal basis for the Argentine Government’s proposed actions.

 Passing legislation which directly seeks to harm the Falkland Islands economy is in direct contradiction of Argentine Government claims that all it wants is dialogue. Recent attempts to disrupt trade, tourism, and air links, and to flagrantly claim the Islanders’ resources as Argentine highlight their intentions towards our country of three thousand people.  Such efforts are entirely counter-productive in developing any relationship between the Falkland Islands and Argentina.