Falklands dispute: Argentina 'urges UK import ban'

P&O cruise ship Adonia docking in Chile after being turned away by Argentina On Monday two cruise ships were refused entry to Argentina after visiting the Falklands

The Argentine government is calling on the country's top companies to stop importing goods from the UK, according to the state news agency Telam.

Industry Minister Debora Giorgi called the bosses of at least 20 firms to urge them to replace imports from Britain with goods produced elsewhere, it said.

The move is linked to the dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands, which Argentina claims as the Malvinas.

Tension has been rising ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.

The industry ministry is trying to reduce Argentina's trade deficit with the UK and establish policies that favour countries that recognize Argentina's territorial claim, Telam reported.

In recent months the government of President Cristina Fernandez has stepped up its campaign to assert sovereignty over the Falklands, rallying regional support for its claim.

It also has a policy of restricting imports through formal and informal means to try to stop foreign currency reserves from flowing out of the country.


On Monday two cruise ships were turned back from the Argentine port of Ushuaia, apparently because they had visited the Falklands.

UK foreign office minister Jeremy Browne expressed "sadness and frustration" at that move.

"We enter the relationship with Argentina in a spirit of friendship, and it's source of sadness to us that they don't always do the same," he told parliament.

The UK, which has controlled the Falklands since 1833, says there can be no negotiations on sovereignty as long as the 3,000 Islanders wish to remain British.

On 2 April, both nations will mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, which began with an Argentine invasion of the islands and ended in victory for a British task force sent to recover them.


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    Comment number 356.

    @354 gormacbudes66 - Argentina would actually need a legal right to send in the bailiffs etc first. But of course the law not being on their side doesn't really bother them does it (well at least it didn't 30 years ago and doesn't appear to now). Argentina is behaving like a spoilt child because it wants something the British have. Tough luck, get over it and find something else to cry over.

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    Comment number 355.

    when diplomacy is a one way street the next step is attrition (now started) followed by aggression so better "fire up" the nuclear subs!

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    Comment number 353.

    Oh gormacbudes66, stop crying and open your eyes, Argentina can get all the support they want, we're not going to give in. Empty threats like that are laughable, you stand no hope what so ever of taking the Falklands by crying or force, 'amassing arms' did make me chuckle, good luck crossing the 300 miles between your country and our Islands, lets just hope your solders can swim:)

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    Comment number 352.

    I'm going to place a claim for my neighbours garage; it's closer to my house than his, so I can't see why it should belong to him, even if he built it before I was born.

    I'm sure he'll be stubborn and arrogant over it though, and typically refuse to negotiate.

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    Comment number 350.

    UK foreign office minister Jeremy Browne expressed "sadness and frustration"

    If thats the best he can come up with then I feel sadness and frustration too.

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    Comment number 349.

    The last time the Argies visited the Falklands they left behind over 20,000 land mines which they never apologised for nor helping to clean up. That's 3 mines for every Falkland Islander! This needs to be made more public. I say again about the UK having closer ties to Chile, the only South American nation to openly support the Falklands with trade, tourism and transport.

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    Comment number 348.

    I can live without corned beef.

    Tinpot Tyrants.

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    Comment number 347.

    @ 336, I have never read the SUN, I'm proud to be British because we are an amazing country and that is why the Falkland want to stay British. Makes me wonder why you read, watch and listen to the BBC if you are so anti Britsh.

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    Comment number 345.


    "The UK are only interested in keeping Falklins becasue its a stategically placed outpost of the UK. Blah Blah Blah Mauritius wanted to be british, but they still left. Guess we had no oil to give!"

    You've never been shown how to debate have you?

    So we did something bad with Mauritius so we should do the same to the Falklands. Your logic is as impeccable as Cristina Fernandez'

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    Comment number 344.

    free willy's comment makes no sense. There are very few indigenous people left in Argentina, most were killed by the Spanish Conquistadores. Those that are there are either mestizos (mixed race, usually with Italian or Spanish) or live in Communidades Aborigen (such as the Guaranies in Misiones) who do not care whether they are Argentinian, Paraguayan or Uruguayan.

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    Comment number 342.

    all sun readers did not know where or what the falklands was untill 82,that said quite a few broad sheet readers were pushed to tell you what they were.but, that said,we all know now.so i strongly recomend the argentine gov back off,it is not going to happen live with it. remember "jaw jaw is better than war war".i'm not fond of cornbeef and we are surrounded with farmshops.so do your worst.

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    Comment number 341.

    I suggest The dumping over board of all Argentine fright docked at or on route to the UK, a freeze on any Argentine money's held in UK banks. Then bob a Nuclear sub up in an Argentine harbour, just long enough for them to get the picture... Then a little note saying we are ready to accept your apology, now get back to you banana republic business and stop pretending to be important..!

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    Comment number 340.

    I thought Mrs Thatcher's nationality act meant about 20% of the Falkland Islanders can't come and live in the UK

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    Comment number 339.

    Royal Wedding. Check.
    High unemployment. Check.
    Looming conflict over Las Malvinas. Check.

    I think successive governments and the current one have done a fantastic job in moving us forward to the 80s again.

    Just waiting for the Iranian embassy siege part 2 now...

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    Comment number 338.

    For the last time -

    The IS no dispute. The Falklands Islands are British and have been since long before Argentina even existed. The vast majority of Falklands citizens have chosen to retain British sovereignty. Argentina's only argument is geographical location, which is absolutely meaningless. To support Argentina on this issue speaks volumes for your ignorance or your hatred of the British.

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    Comment number 337.

    Strange that the Spanish, Germans, Italians etc living in Argentina don't think it's ironic they're accusing us of colonialism. We took a land, they took a land. Theirs already had inhabitants, but they just murdered them and claimed it as independent. Ours had no-one living there & no-one died. Maybe if we claim independence that would legitimize the islanders' claim in Argentina's eyes? Amazing.


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