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PostSubject: US refuses to endorse British sovereignty in Falklands oil dispute   Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:51 am

US refuses to endorse British sovereignty in Falklands oil dispute

Washington refused to endorse British claims to sovereignty over the Falklands yesterday as the diplomatic row over oil drilling in the South Atlantic intensified in London and Buenos Aires and at the UN.

Despite Britain’s close military alliance with the US, the Obama Administration is determined not to be drawn into the issue. It has also declined to back Britain’s claim that oil exploration near the islands is sanctioned by international law, saying that the dispute is strictly a bilateral issue.

As Argentina prepared to ask the UN Secretary-General to intervene in the dispute last night, the country’s Foreign Minister, with the backing of 32 other Latin American countries, headed for New York with a demand that Britain agree to talks on the islands’ sovereignty to resolve what he called “this anachronistic colonial situation”.

Senior US officials insisted yesterday that Washington’s position on the Falklands was one of longstanding neutrality. This is in stark contrast to the public backing and vital intelligence offered by President Reagan to Margaret Thatcher once she had made the decision to recover the islands by force in 1982.

“We are aware not only of the current situation but also of the history, but our position remains one of neutrality,” a State Department spokesman told The Times. “The US recognises de facto UK administration of the islands but takes no position on the sovereignty claims of either party.”

President Reagan’s support for Britain in 1982 “irked a lot of people in Latin America”, Kevin Casas-Zamora, a Brookings Institution analyst and former Vice-President of Costa Rica, said. The Obama Administration “is trying to split the difference as much as it can because it knows that coming round to the British position would once again create a lot of ill will in the region”.

British officials in Washington said that they were comfortable with the US response to the dispute so far, but indicated that any American support for the idea of mediated negotiations would not be well received. It was “wholly up to the islanders whether they want mediation or not”, one official said.

Britain had boosted the islands’ defences since the conflict, Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord, said last night. “Since 1982 we have built a massive runway. We have emplaced forces on the ground, we have sophisticated early warning systems. It is a completely different package, so to compare the way we dealt with the issues in 1982 with today is nonsense,” he added.

Admiral Jorge Taiana, the Argentine Foreign Minister, was due to address a UN meeting in New York last night after securing the backing of the entire Latin American region for his country’s position that the time had come for a negotiated resolution of the sovereignty dispute. He was due to ask Ban Ki Moon to play a “good offices” role. The UN chief is unlikely to launch a mediation effort, however, because of opposition from Britain, which regards sovereignty over the Falklands as non-negotiable.
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PostSubject: Re: US refuses to endorse British sovereignty in Falklands oil dispute   Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:08 am

Nuke 'em!
There is no way those islands are going back, same with Gibralter.

All that bollox in Iraq, we should have been invading South America all along Ha

No wonder the Yanks aren't giving support, don't take a genius to figure out tgat its them who supply the Argentine military.

Its all shite, same as the first time around. The French were selling the Argies Exocet missiles, when asked by us to stop, their sollution was for us to buy up all the French stockpiles.

Just shows you, 'alliances' mean nothing when it comes down to cold, hard cash.
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