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Argentina presented OAS with documentation on United Kingdom activities in the Islas Malvinas

  March 19, 2010

The Permanent Representative of Argentina to the Organization of American States (OAS), Rodolfo Hugo Gil, today presented the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, with documentation pertaining to recent initiatives of the United Kingdom involving the Islas Malvinas and other adjacent islands, and requested its disclosure as part of documents of the OAS General Assembly on the subject of “the question of the Malvinas.”

Among the documents submitted by the Ambassador of Argentina is a description of “unilateral British activities involving hydrocarbons in the Southwestern Atlantic” since October of last year. Also included was Decree 256 of the Argentine government that states that any vessel wishing to travel between a location in Argentine continental territory and ports on the Islas Malvinas, South Georgia or South Sandwich Islands, to cross Argentine jurisdictional waters on the way there or carry merchandise directly or indirectly between those locations must seek previous authorization.

Secretary General Insulza thanked the presentation and made a commitment to circulate the documentation among the member countries of the Organization.

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Reference: E-080/10