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Argentina Accuses UK of Illegal Drilling

Posted on: February 24, 2010

Argentinian protesters burning the Union JackThe Falkland Islands have been a recurring point of contention between Argentina and the United Kingdom.  In 1982, a conflict concerning the islands’ sovereignty resulted in a 74 day war that left 907 (649 Argentinian and 258 British) dead.  Although the battle was technically a victory for the UK, Argentina still refuses to see the Falkland Islands as British property.  This bad blood has been brought up as of late by UK oil drilling operations that have set up shop in what Argentina claims to be their waters.  After the UK backed out of an agreement to jointly explore the oil rich area with Argentina in 2007, the latter has been gaining popularity for its claims.  32 Latin American and Caribbean nations have expressed their support for Argentina’s allegations, among which is the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.  Mr. Chávez is quoted as saying “Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I’m talking to you.  The time for empires is over, haven’t you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people.”

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