Published: 20th Feb 2012
Nearly three decades have passed since the Falklands War, yet tensions between the UK and Argentina have resurfaced. As the dispute over power and rightful ownership continues, I give my take on things in this latest edition to my blog.
It’s common knowledge that the Falkland Islands sits on a huge bed of oil, latest figures brought to light in a recent article by The Guardian suggests around 8.3 billion barrels in the waters surrounding the disputed territory.
For me personally it’s interesting that only now, just five months after British oil company Rockhopper made “further significant finds” in and around the islands, that the feud has been brought back to life. There’s no doubting that oil is the main source for this tug-of-war which is now going on between the islands rightful owners Great Britain and the cheesed off and bitter Argentinians.
It would seem that many other countries, particularly Argentina’s near neighbours in South America, are now backing Argentina’s claim to ownership primarily based on the islands’ proximity to their mainland. This is absolutely absurd. The location of the Falkland Islands has nothing to do with the matter. The islands have been a British dependent territory since 1833, when British rule was re-established.
The Falkland Islands has around 3,200 inhabitants, the vast majority coming under either of the following ethnic groups, ‘Falkland Islander’ or British. And to nobodies surprise, they want to remain under British colonial control just like their ancestors.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is a bit of a sort isn’t she?
The Argentine President has accused the UK of “arrogance” for flatly refusing to discuss the issue of the Islands. I urge David Cameron to stick to his guns on this subject matter. He should continue to refrain from entering any sort of negotiation with the Argentine President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. If he does, it would be an insult to the 258 British soldiers killed in action during the Falklands War.
I, like many Britons back the words of Ann Leslie, the former Daily Mail Foreign correspondent who recently said this: “The whole of Britain thinks we’ve expended so much blood and treasure keeping hold of it, why would we hand it back now?” Hear, hear.