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Southern Thule

Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking in regard to the prolonged illegal occupation by Argentine citizens of South Thule, a dependency of the Falkland Islands; and whether he will make an early statement.

We have protested to the Argentine Government about these activities, which we understand are in support of the Argentine Antarctic research programme. The Argentinians can be in no doubt that we consider Southern Thule to be British territory. We are pursuing the issue.