The UN Commission approved the extension of the boundaries of the continental shelf of Argentina, another 1633 sq km
Last year’s decision of the UN Commission has already increased the area of the territorial waters of the South American Republic by 35%
BUENOS AIRES, March 23. /Offset. TASS Elena Kondratieva/. The UN Commission on the limits of the continental shelf approved the extension of the continental shelf of Argentina in extra 1633 sq. km.
This was announced on Wednesday by the coordinator of the National Committee on external border of a continental shelf of the foreign Ministry of Argentina Frida Armas Pfirter.
“The consideration of all disputed issue is complete. Compared with the proposal which Argentina filed in 2009, the border has changed a bit, but in favor of the Republic. We are talking about approximately 1633 sq km,” she said at a press conference. “We can say that we have fulfilled the goal a little more than 100%”, — she added.
As explained by the head of the foreign Ministry, Susana Malcorra, when in March last year, a UN Commission has approved the application of Argentina for the extension of the outer limits of the continental shelf up to the disputed Malvinas (Falkland) Islands, on two points of the request, the decision was made. The Republic had to abandon the site or to collect additional data confirming the position of Buenos Aires.
Once the national Committee has provided the necessary information, the decision was rendered in favor of Argentina
Last year’s decision of the UN Commission has already increased the area of the territorial waters of the South American Republic by 35% (1.7 million sq km). While it was the reservation that the archipelago is the subject of a dispute between Buenos Aires and London, and therefore the Commission is unable to determine its sovereign status.
In the British government reacted to the decision of the Commission, Recalling that it is a recommendation.
Falkland Islands for almost 200 years are a bone of contention between Argentina and great Britain. In April 1982 the two countries fought a short but bloody war. The South American Republic was defeated, having lost 649 servicemen. The loss of the British side amounted to 255.
In March 2013 the vast majority of the inhabitants voted in a referendum that the territory remained in the possession of the United Kingdom. Argentina did not recognize the referendum results.