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 396.


    "Another example of Britain plopping nationals on a scrap of land for strategic and economic gain. Ireland, anyone?"

    "A cursory glance at an atlas would tell anybody who those islands belong to."

    Argentina's only claim on the Falklands is proximity.

    Ireland is a lot closer to the UK than the Falklands to Argentina.

    Way to go undermining your first paragraph with your second!

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    Comment number 395.

    If Argentina stop importing British products the multinationals will just rebadged them as another country so no loss. I also wonder if we import anything from Argentina and who would be more affected if both put up trade embargos(if that is even legal). If Argentina used the carrot instead of the stick the inhabitants may be more inclined to change. Or does Argentina want to be a colonial nation?

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    Comment number 393.

    No need to re-commission a carrier. There are more than enough defenses on the Falklands now. The Argentinean army has barely progressed since '82 and wouldn't even be able to get close without us knowing about it!

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    Comment number 392.

    It was British colonials who built their railways and roads infrastructure and the docks that British ships are that no longer welcome. British input made Argentina the 10th richest nation per capita in the 1920s. But the Argies decided it was better to abandon democracy and have a succession of nasty dictators which raped their country for decades from which they have never recovered from.

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    Comment number 391.

    What does the UK even have to export?

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    Comment number 390.

    Lewis Fitzroy

    "Will the torys sell them our old wars ships again?"

    To pay the South Koreans to make the new navy supply ships, probably yes

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    Comment number 389.

    Why does Argentina always show the closed fist to the Islanders, isn't there anyone there who might consider a more concilliatory approach might actually work better.

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    Comment number 386.

    Carrying on from my previous comment

    It's already acutely obvious that their internal financial structure is riddled with corruption as even the the IMF will no longer accept Argentine statistics on inflation, which have been systematically manipulated by the political appointees who have replaced the professionals in the country’s statistics bureau.

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    Comment number 385.

    The current Argentive govt. seems driven by emotions and hysteria more than reason over the whole Falklands/Malvinas issue. This latest plan of banning trade seems like another move on a self-destructive downward spiral. What next?

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    Comment number 384.

    366. Jonathan... Hong Kong was leased for 99 years, the terms of that lease ran out in 1997 and Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese. Diego Garcia remains a British MoD base which is leased to the Americans when they need it.

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    Comment number 383.

    So this is a person of Spanish decent saying the islands belong to Argentina - if she's so keen on returning things, are they going to give the rest of Argentina back to the native peoples of South America?

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    Comment number 382.

    @379. you are partly right the economy here is bad, unnofical inflation is running at around 24%. Unfortuatly it has palced a import ban on many products from within the Mercsour training group which is harming its intrests in the region. The government here is intrested only in building its own dynasty rather that being a government and appeals to popular nationalist sentaments to keep in power.

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    Comment number 381.

    Will the torys sell them our old wars ships again?

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    Comment number 380.

    Well who can blame the Argentinians wanting to kick out the inhabitants of the island they illegally invaded in the 80's. Actually I think we can. This is an act of cynical money grubbing politicians using race hatred to try and get their hands on the oil cash. Ignore them. We are not budging and the Argentinian people will kick them out when they don't get anywhere. Tiresome midgets.

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    Comment number 379.

    Argentine economy must be pretty bad at the moment. Giorgi probably wants them to buy domestic, or from other latin american countries, to try to increase relations and refloat the economy...

    As a rule of thumb, as the economy sinks in Argentina, claims to the Falklands rapidly increase. We should probably start to think about some sort of response... how about recommissioning a carrier?

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    Comment number 378.

    This is beyond belief! If Christina wants to play hard ball then so should we by stopping all international aid, amounting to billions of pounds, that we currently supply to Argentina through loans.

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    Comment number 377.

    @354 doing so would be an act of aggresion and would be refered to to the UN security council leading to sanctions against Argentina just like in 1982. Further more this assumes that Argentinas outdated, small and in equipped defense force (it is to small to be considered an armed force) could even secure one of the most heavily defended pieces of soil (by area) in the wrold


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