Plundering OUR land! Falklands fury as Argentina erupts at 'criminal and illegitimate' UK

Plundering OUR land! Falklands fury as Argentina erupts at 'criminal and illegitimate' UK

04/08 ARGENTINA has hit out at a UK company for operating from the Falkland Islands without permission.

The southern Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands - which claims the Malvinas as part of its territory - denounced the British construction company BAM Nuttall for operating from the region without permission

In a statement, the regional government suggested the company was hired by the "illegitimate" island government to carry out the design and construction of a new port in the region.

The government said the work does not have the "due intervention" of the Ministry of Production and Environment of Tierra del Fuego.

They claimed the UK intends to transform Malvina's port into a logistics support centre with the aim of advancing in the "plundering" of the natural resources of the islands.

The complaint against the construction firm was made by the Provincial Secretariat of the region, Andres Dachary before the Secretary of the Environment of Tierra del Fuego.

Mr Dachary argued the Malvinas and their surrounding maritime spaces are an integral part of the province of Tierra del Fuego and are subject to the laws of the provinces and the country.

He said: "The fact that they are momentarily invaded by the United Kingdom, in no way prevents us from taking action against those who break the laws."

The Minister of Production and Environment of Tierra del Fuego, Sonia Castiglione, said the provincial Environment Secretariat will send a notification to BAM Nutall.

She said: "From that moment, the company will have a peremptory period to respond and depending on what happens, the legislation is clear and opens a range of legal actions."

Last year, the Malvinas' government announced BAM Nutall would design and build a new port in the archipelago's capital.

Tensions between Argentina and the UK have reached boiling point after the Latin American country issued sanctions to two British companies.

Last month, Argentina issued sanctions to three companies - two of which were British - for the alleged illegal exploitation of hydrocarbons in waters north of Falklands.

Argentina claimed they did not have the authorisation of its government, who claim the British Overseas Territory as theirs.

The Argentine secretaries of Energy, Dario Matinez, and of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, Daniel Filmus, said: "These companies are not authorised to operate nor have they requested any type of authorisation."

The secretaries said they "were committing a crime in Argentina" and the three companies continued to participate in exploratory and exploitation works.

The oil companies are Chrysaor Holdings Limited and Harbor Energy Plc, which are based in Britain, and the Israeli company Navitas Petroleum LP.

The companies had a period of several days to respond to Argentina but if they don't the country will proceed with their disqualification.

Any disqualification would prevent them from participating for a period of five to 20 years in bidding processes to operate in waters off the Argentine continental shelf, officials said.

Argentina and Britain fought a war in 1982 for dominance of the archipelago, in which the South American country was defeated.

The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender on June 14, returning the islands to British control.

In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.

Diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Argentina were restored in 1989 following a meeting in Madrid, at which the two governments issued a joint statement.

In 1994, Argentina adopted a new constitution, which declared the Falkland Islands by law as an Argentine province.

However, the islands continue to operate as a self-governing British Overseas Territory. es un sitio web oficial del Gobierno Argentino