New South Georgia Protection Zone

7 Dec

New proposals for a 1 million square kilometre marine protection zone around South Georgia is set to attract criticism from Argentina.

The initiative is likely to provoke Argentina, which claims South Georgia on the basis of geography, to protest the action by the United Kingdom. “Argentina, like the United Kingdom, is a signatory of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources so we would like to think that common interest in conservation will carry more weight than the dispute over sovereignty,” said a Whitehall source unconvincingly.

Argentina has variously claimed South Georgia on the basis that it is an extension of its continental shelf, or even that the British took the Island by force.

Discovered by Captain Cook in 1775, the British have maintained control over the Islands ever since, with just a few weeks gap in 1982 when Argentina attempted to seize the Island. Famously, the British Government was informed of it re-possession, following the surrender of the Argentine invasion force to just 76 Royal Marines, with the words;

” Be pleased to inform Her Majesty that the White Ensign flies alongside the Union Jack in South Georgia. God Save the Queen.”

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