From Associated Press:
Argentina blocks supply ship in Falklands dispute
As I toured Buenos Aires, residents were uniformly upbeat except when I mentioned my upcoming visit to the Falkland Islands.
”The British stole the Falklands from us,” I heard over and over. “Those islands belong to Argentina.”
Now, I was approaching East Falkland Island and Stanley, the largest town — well, the only town — on more than 200 South Atlantic Ocean islands whose combined population includes 650,000 sheep and 3,000 humans.
Three British soldiers have died in southern Afghanistan, officials announced Monday, raising Britain’s death toll in the conflict to 256 – breaking the number of Britons lost in the Falklands war of 1982.
Britain reached the grim milestone as British, American and Afghan forces are preparing for a major attack on Marjah in Helmand province, the biggest town in southern Afghanistan under Taliban control. Britain’s defense secretary has warned the British public to expect more casualties when the Marjah attack occurs. …
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina has escalated its dispute with Britain over oil and gas exploration in the South Atlantic, blocking a ship it said was carrying drilling equipment for the disputed Falkland Islands from leaving the port of Buenos Aires.
The Foreign Ministry said port officials prevented the Techint vessel from leaving because of evidence that its cargo of Argentine-made seamless tubes would be used for drilling activity “illegitimately promoted” by Britain in the sea surrounding the islands.
The ministry said the boat visited Port Stanley, the islands’ capital, last month without securing Argentine permission.
Last week Argentina formally objected to the start of oil and gas exploration in the islands, which the government calls the Malvinas and considers to be its own despite losing a war with Britain over the territory in 1982.
Techint, the world’s biggest producer of seamless steel tubing for the oil industry, denied that the tubes were destined for the Falklands. It said they were headed to destinations in the Mediterranean and companies that have no operations in the disputed area.
Argentina took the South Atlantic islands by force in April 1982, and 649 of its soldiers and 258 British soldiers were killed before it surrendered two months later.
Both countries have filed claims with international organizations over rights to the seabed surrounding the islands.
This is a music video of another song against the 1982 Falklands war; Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding (1982).
Argentina has refused to back down from controversial legislation designed to hamper trade between the country and the Falkland Islands. The ruling requires ships heading to the islands to obtain a government permit from Buenos Aires first: here.
A British rig is due to begin drilling for oil in the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands, despite strong opposition from Argentina: here.
A British firm has started drilling for oil off the disputed Falkland Islands in the face of fierce opposition from Argentina: here.
Britain’s decision to begin exploratory drilling has stoked tensions with the Argentine government over control of the disputed Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, and the oil reserves on the seabed around them: here.
Guardian: Rockhopper shares soar on Falklands oil upgrade: here.
Oil firm Rockhopper raises £48.5m for Falklands drilling: here.
Rockhopper fails to find oil with Falklands well: here.