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Response to the Argentine Government’s intent to prosecute companies associated with Falkland Islands oil exploration

FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

PRESS STATEMENT

16th March 2012

 Response to the Argentine Government™s intent to prosecute companies associated with Falkland Islands oil exploration

 The Falkland Islands Government regrets this latest attempt by the Argentine Government to economically undermine our home and our way of life.  In accordance with our right to self-determination, we are absolutely clear that we have the right to develop our own natural resources and are therefore entitled to license such activities as we see fit, without reference to Argentina.

 We are entirely clear that Argentine domestic legislation does not apply to the Falkland Islands, and that therefore there is absolutely no legal basis for the Argentine Government™s proposed actions.

 This latest announcement is yet another example of the Argentine Government™s policy of intimidation and bullying towards our country of 3000 people.   Efforts to disrupt trade and sea and air links to the Falkland Islands are illegal, and are entirely counter-productive in developing any relationship between the Falklands and Argentina.

 The Falkland Islands Government will work with any companies operating in our waters to minimise any practical implications for their operations that may arise from the Argentine Government™s proposed actions.

 Hon.Roger Edwards

Member of the Legislative Assembly