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Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

The UK firmly rejects the enactment and promulgation, on 9 December 2009, of Argentine law 26.552 and thus the additional paragraph in article 1 of Argentine law 23.775 in so far as it purports to include within a province of Argentina areas which comprise the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory.

The UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas. The UK also has no doubt about its sovereignty over the British Antarctic Territory (south of latitude 60°S and bounded by longitudes 20°W and 80°W).

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has delivered a Note Verbale to the Argentine Charge d’Affaires in London outlining the UK’s rejection.