Argentinian ambassador summoned over Falklands comments

Posted On: 
9th April 2015

The Foreign Office has summoned the Argentinian ambassador after threats from Buenos Aires to prosecute firms if they begin exploration for oil around the Falkland Islands. 

Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

An Argentinian minister said that executives of oil companies could face prosecution if they conduct operations looking for oil without the permission of the Argentinian government.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner​, the Argentinian president, used a speech marking the 33rd anniversary of the Falklands conflict last week to criticise the UK Government for planning to bolster defences around the islands.

“We will see the islands form part of our territory again. It’s not just wishful thinking,” she added.

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Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, announced last month that the UK would spend £280m to "beef up" defences on the islands. 

A Foreign Office spokesperson confirmed that the ambassador had been summoned yesterday.

“The UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas, nor about the Falkland Islanders' right to decide their own future,” the spokesperson said.

"We object strongly to recent statements by the Argentine president and the Argentine ambassador to London and so summoned the ambassador to account for these.”