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 376.

    The people of the Fakllands want to remaining British and that should be the end of it. It's their country and they should have the right to say whether they want to be part of UK, Argentina or totally independent.

    Oh sorry I forgot, oil is involved.. someone had better call in Harry Hill for a good old fashioned "FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!"

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    Comment number 375.

    Home rule for 'Yorkshire'!!!!!

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    Comment number 374.

    I am the controller..... Sink HMS Dauntless

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    Comment number 373.

    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Alex Salmond both have something in common to push their countries into situations the majority don’t want.

    Let’s all boycott Fray Bentos.

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    Comment number 372.

    The Falkland Islands have never been the territory of Argentina Argentinean declaration of independence was in 1816the Falklands have in succession been under the control of the Dutch,the French, the Spanish and the British.In 1828 there was a brief period when, with the Agreement of Both the British and the Argentinean governments there was an Argentinean settlement ,run incidentally by a German!

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    Comment number 371.

    Can't some of our militant loonies (plenty still hanging around outside St Pauls) go and protest outside the Argentinian embassy...you know...burn a few Argentinian flags.

    Oh wait...that might be a worthwhile cause.

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    Comment number 370.

    Argentina makes me laugh. : ) They're like a sore looser. They lost claim on islands they never inhabited, and took several years to even notice. However, history is history. Bottom line is, the people wish to be British and they come first, for as long as we can support them we should be proud they wish to remain British.

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    Comment number 368.

    Argentina was colonised by the Spanish. Their current president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is of Spanish descent. Her government continues to deal half-heartedly with the repressesion of the indigenous people of Argentina, who have all but given up hope of having a say in how THEIR country is run.

    Can anyone see the irony and utter hypocrisy here?!

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    Comment number 367.

    By the same token, England must reclaim Bordeaux. For too long has Bordeaux languished 'neath the chic Parisian jackboot. Liberate French occupied England! No matter that the inhabitants would rather eat their own feet than be ruled from London - we must put a stop to French imperialism!

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    Comment number 366.

    The UK negotiated with China and handed back Hong Kong. It handed over Diego Garcia to the USA because the USA wanted a military base. Why can't it negotiate with Argentina about the Falklands? Why are the rights of the Islanders more important than those of taxpaying Britons who will lose their homes due to job cuts?

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    Comment number 365.

    It comes down to a very basic principle, if you cannot take a joke do not start wars. That includes trade wars, we have more goods that Argentina wants than the other way around and if for example we ban all corned beef and tinned pies who's going to worry in the UK?

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    Comment number 364.

    300. Dai_Cantwr
    The inhabitants of the Falklands are English - that is why they want to be ruled from London.

    Mainly Scottish and Welsh actually, but hey, don't let that stop you blaming the English.

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    Comment number 363.

    Goodluck Cameron often harps on about maintaining Britains influence in the world. I know he has been busy arranging for the South Koreans to build 4 new ships for the navy and of course theres the binge drinking issue but wouldnt it be nice for him to say something about the situation with Argentina?

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    Comment number 362.

    "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."

    Yeah right! Like the UK Government really cares about 3,000 Islanders. This is not the reason there are no negotiations on sovereignty. I just wish they would tell the truth ocassionally.

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    Comment number 361.

    HMS Dauntless merely replaced HMS Montrose in the area. The mere fact that Dauntless is one of the most advanced destroyers in the world is immaterial. As Argentina invaded a British Overseas Territory, we now reserve the right to sent military assets to protect it.

    If Argentina's claim had merit, then they would take it to the International Court. They haven't. So it's bunkem!

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    Comment number 359.

    The World belonged to Neanderthals & others before Sapiens (!?!) arrived on the scene, so should we self-erradicate ourselves as we are illegal occupiers.

    So a Spanish colony wants to capture a British colony - 500 years of history & nothing changes. If Argentina was a true native country they might have substance to their claim. Patagonia was more Welsh than Spanish. Plaid Cymru at work?

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    Comment number 358.

    Viva Chile. Viva GB.

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