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Hemispheric Security: Argentine restrictions on Falklands shipping

President of Argentina Dr. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Amid increased arms shopping, Argentina is turning the heat on shipping to the British-ruled Falkland Islands ahead of further results from recent drilling for underwater crude oil and gas reserves.

The latest Argentine coast guard restrictions on shipping came after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced plans in February to monitor vessels traveling to and from the South Atlantic archipelago.

The Argentine curbs include punitive action against vessels that are found to be involved with the Falklands’ oil exploration effort — hotly contested by Buenos Aires, which claims sovereignty over the islands.

Britain and Argentina went to war in 1982 after an Argentine bid to seize control of the islands. The 74-day conflict cost 907 lives but, even after defeat, Argentina never abandoned the sovereignty claim, which it revived with public rallies when British oil firms started drilling for oil in the north Falklands Basin last year. READ MORE HERE.

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