Argentina to tighten the Falklands blockade

15 Mar

On the day that Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, is due to start her 24 hour visit to neighbouring Chile, the country’s Foreign Ministry has announced a press conference to be given by Foreign Minister, Héctor Timerman, later today in which he will announce details of sanctions to be imposed on companies dealing with the Falkland Islands.

President Fernandez is expected to raise the issue of the LANChile flights that currently operate weekly between Chile and the Falklands with her Chilean counter part, Sebastián Piñera. Fernandez wants the flights replaced with a regular service from Buenos Aires, over which Argentina would have full control. Jeremy Browne, the British Foreign Affairs Minister recently condemned Argentina’s attempts to impose an economic blockade on the Islands.

Héctor Timerman is expected to announce a range of measures to punish both banks and companies that have involvement in the current round of oil exploration taking place near the British Overseas Territory. Government sources said Timerman’s presentation “will provide details on the immediate actions that Argentina will take against the illegal exploration for hydrocarbons conducted in the South Atlantic.”

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