UK government protests to Argentina that its hydrocarbon law does not apply to Falkland Islands

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London has formally protested today to the Argentine ChargĂ©, Oscar Horacio Galli, about the Argentine Congress’s passing of an amendment to their Hydrocarbons Law No 26.659 which seeks to criminalise individuals or companies with a direct or indirect interest in hydrocarbon activities in waters surrounding the Falkland Islands.

An FCO spokesperson said: 'Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands, so this is a baseless gesture intended to deter legitimate commercial activity. We are confident it will not succeed. It is shameful that Argentina is once again adopting bullying tactics in an attempt to strangle the Falkland Islands economy.'

An FCO spokesperson said: ‘Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands, so this is a baseless gesture intended to deter legitimate commercial activity. We are confident it will not succeed. It is shameful that Argentina is once again adopting bullying tactics in an attempt to strangle the Falkland Islands economy.’

The British Government fully supports the rights of the Falkland Islanders to develop their hydrocarbons sector for their economic benefit. This right is an integral part of their right of self-determination, which is expressly contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. All hydrocarbons activities on the continental shelf of the Falkland Islands are regulated by legislation of the Falkland Islands Government, in strict accordance with the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.

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