Argentina protests over ‘Queen Elizabeth Land’

22 Dec

Argentina has formally protested Britain’s decision to name part of the British Antarctic Territory after Queen Elizabeth, as a Diamond Jubilee gift from the country. At the time of the announcement, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary said; “As a mark of this country’s gratitude to the Queen for her service, we are naming a part of the British Antarctic Territory in her honour as ‘Queen Elizabeth Land. This is a fitting tribute at the end of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, and I am very proud to be able to announce it as she visits the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The British Antarctic Territory is a unique and important member of the network of fourteen UK Overseas Territories. To be able to recognise the UK’s commitment to Antarctica with a permanent association with Her Majesty is a great honour.”   antarctica-queen-2_2431094c

Yesterday, the Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires called in John Freeman, Britain’s Ambassador, and handed him a formal protest expressing the; ” .. strongest rejection of the claim of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, announced recently, give atoponymic name to an area of the Argentine Antarctic Sector”.

The Ministry communique also stated; “Furthermore, the Argentine Government recalls its categorical rejection of any territorial claim to British Antarctica and reaffirms its rights of sovereignty over the Argentine Antarctic Sector. …  the claim of the United Kingdom demonstrates, once more, the anachronistic imperialist ambitions in that country, which dates back to ancient practices already overcome, and does not agree with the spirit of peace and cooperation that characterizes to the The Antarctic Treaty System.”

Britain formerly claimed the sector now known as British Antarctica in 1908. Argentina only made a claim in 1943. Argentina believes that the Antarctic is an extension of South America and that it has a geographical entitlement. The Antarctic Treaty of 1959 froze all sovereignty claims and prevents any more being made. It does not however prevent the naming of areas within Antarctica; a practise employed rather more by Argentina than by Britain.


13 Responses to “Argentina protests over ‘Queen Elizabeth Land’”

  1. lornefirth December 22, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    now the spicks want Antarctica ,why dont they ask their own natives if they want rid of people of Spanish desent who have ruined their country

  2. Clematys December 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Make no mistake, British Empire version 2.0 will suffer the same fate of version 1.0. The British could have a better chance of grabbing Antarctic land in the Australian sector.

    • lordton1955 December 23, 2012 at 12:33 am #

      You are a funny man Clematys 🙂

      • Clematys December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

        Ask your Oceanic family and friends to give you back a third of their claim on the Antarctic continent. I bet they will send you packing straight back to the only place you belong.

      • lordton1955 December 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

        The claims of New Zealand and Australia are as sound as Britain’s. Argentina has no claim.

  3. lornefirth December 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    how can you claim land thats under a mile + of ice the spicks will argue about anything

    • Clematys December 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      The answer to that is very simple. The British empire is goin’ all the way down to the very bottom. Meanwhile Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania are on their way up and will be so for the foreseeable future. The luck inhabitants of the Malvinas and other Latin America. The imperial propaganda will fade in time, and their enlightened descendants will look back in history and will only wonder why the heck it took so long for them to get rid of the empire when other places did it more than 200 hundred years ago.

      • lordton1955 December 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

        What colour is the sky in your world Clematys ??

      • Clematys December 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

        Talking about the weather, Lord?

      • lordton1955 December 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

        No – talking about your dream world

      • Clematys December 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

        Dreamworld, Cinderella, Queen of the South Seas, we both know who worships such things, don’t we, Lord of the Flies? When reality hits, remember how many times you’ve been told to stop playing games.

      • lordton1955 December 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

        Reality hit in 1833

  4. Nico December 25, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    Please not atack our identity . Someones said “Nemo plus iuris”. Would like get take penfriends from to Falklands; Im been Argentinian man , , fillatelical wishes, and more.

    wiiki . AR

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