Don’t you DARE! Argentina fires warning to UK after British military exercise in Falklands

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According to Government sources, UK military forces are carrying out drills on the Falkland Islands, also called the Malvinas. It comes after Argentina issued sanctions to two British companies for the alleged illegal exploitation of hydrocarbons in waters north of Falklands.

Argentina’s ministry of external relations issued a statement condemning the exercises “in the strongest terms”.

They said: “The Argentine Republic once again rejected today in the strongest terms the carrying out of military manoeuvres in the territory of our country illegitimately occupied by the United Kingdom, through the so-called Cape Bayonet exercise, which constitutes an unjustified show of force and a deliberate withdrawal of the calls of the numerous resolutions of the United Nations and other international organisations, which urge both Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume negotiations, in order to find a peaceful and definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute that involves both countries regarding the Malvinas Islands.

“The Argentine Government is aware that different British forces are involved in these exercises, which are part of the military deployment of illegal occupation by the United Kingdom in the Malvinas Islands.

“Faced with these scandalous events, the Argentine Government has already sent the British Government a strong protest note.”

Referencing the United Nations General Assembly, Argentina said that “both parties to refrain from adopting unilateral decisions that entail the introduction of changes in the situation while the islands are going through the negotiation process recommended by it”.

Foreign Minister Felipe Solá added in the statement: “The Argentine Government reaffirms once again its sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces that are an integral part of the national territory of the Argentine Republic, which, being illegitimately occupied by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, they are the subject of a sovereignty dispute recognised by the United Nations through resolution 2065 and subsequent resolutions of the General Assembly as well as other international organisations and forums.”

“Likewise, in accordance with the aforementioned resolutions, the Argentine Government reiterates that it is a sovereignty dispute that must be resolved bilaterally between the two countries, and reaffirms its willingness to resume negotiations.”

Daniel Filmus, the Secretary of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, added: “the British exercises violate all the recommendations approved by the United Nations and by the agreements of the countries with coasts in the South Atlantic.

“Argentina reiterates the call the United Kingdom not to carry out military actions in the region and to resume diplomatic negotiations for sovereignty in the islands under the conditions established by UN resolution 2065.”

Ex-British diplomat Adrian Hill recently said in a speech at UN’s special committee on decolonisation Argentina should “think twice” before “starting a fight” with the UK over the Falklands.

The former officer in the Royal Engineers who among other diplomatic posts worked as a member of the Channel Tunnel team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the COBRA Committee of the Cabinet Office told Express.co.uk: “If I was Argentina I would think twice before starting a fight – we didn’t have proper carriers in 1982, Ark Royal had been paid off.

“Sandy Woodward had to position destroyers and frigates like sitting ducks as radar pickets.

“Today we have two super-carriers with stealth fighters and we would take out the Argentinian air force on its bases and their fleet in its docks.

“One would hope that the Argentinians would remember the lives they lost and not want to go through that again.”

It comes after the Argentine secretaries of Energy, Dario Matinez, and of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, Daniel Filmus, issued sanctions to three companies for commercial activities in the disputed waters.

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

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

Mr 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.

Additional Reporting by Maria Ortega

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