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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  • rate this

    Comment number 496.

    Hi, I'm from Argentina, Buenos Aires.
    I've been reading all the comments...sadly I agree with the British. Our government needs to avoid REALLY important problems to be solved here in Argentina...that's what EVERY government has done...

  • rate this

    Comment number 495.

    @Bluesberry You've obviously completely missed the point here. Why comment on something you have no idea about?? Stick to Canadian issues

  • rate this

    Comment number 494.

    483 bluesberry,
    "I support Argentina`s call to take UK to UN to regain control."

    What do you mean REGAIN control?
    Argentina has never owned the Falkland Islands.

    Do Argentinians speak "Argentina"? No, of course not, they speak Spanish, because the land now called Argentina was stolen by the Spanish.

  • rate this

    Comment number 493.

    I feel very sorry for anyone who imports Argentian wine. There was quite a lot of it at the wine warehouse last time I was there. The same bottles will be there in six months time.

  • rate this

    Comment number 492.

    Rubbish. If I was in the Maldives, I could & would retain my Canadian citizenship"

    What have the Maldives (or Canada even) got to do with this topic?

  • rate this

    Comment number 491.

    Nice to see that even argentine nationals are embarrassed by their presidents actions. We should listen to the us and stop any overseas aid they receive till they learn to play nice. if they hadnt invaded in 82 we would probably have given them back, not going to happen now so they should focus their attention on matters that are within their control and stop these bully-boy tactics

  • rate this

    Comment number 490.

    Let's allow the Falkland Islanders a vote.

    Then present it to the UN."

    Actually one could reasonably be confident of the outcome even if we let the UN run such a plebiscite. Just so no-one could argue the vote was rigged.

  • rate this

    Comment number 489.

    The Argentine proposals are illegal under GATT or its successor. It's also worth remembering that the Argentine exists as a Spanish-speaking country today as a result of Spanish colonialism (seeking gold - not oil - in the 16th century). Virtually every country has a claim of sorts on another - Denmark could claim half of England from its Viking history & the Welsh could claim the lot.

  • rate this

    Comment number 488.

    Chilean wine tastes so much better than Argentinian wine [ ing] ...:)

  • rate this

    Comment number 487.

    More bully boy tactics from a despotic, spent leader on the vote trail- it's so obvious

    How would Argentina react to an embargo on their significant exports of beef & chicken...?

    And if Brazil stay in support of Argentina ban their Agricultural products as well...

    This would give a much needed breather to the UK producers of superior (though dearer) products

    Let's try that one for size then...

  • rate this

    Comment number 486.

    Argentina are just as bad as the unions they don't have the majority (in this case falkand islanders) on there side and so they resort to crude methods that force us in to doing something. Argentina needs to accept that the people want to remain British and that we will not give in.
    I do agree that this could be good because all there businesses will leave and might come here.

  • rate this

    Comment number 485.

    If Argentina bans UK goods, the EU should ban Argentinian goods!

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    Comment number 484.

    Argentina's government is a regional and nationalist bully - it never leaves the Falkland Islanders alone - harasses them at every opportunity - now it can do it with bombs it is doing it with blockades and the like. Argentina is run by a populist fascist and fanatical leadership ... they are reprehensible!! Support The Falklanders in their right to self determination!! :)

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    Comment number 483.

    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. Rubbish. If I was in the Maldives, I could & would retain my Canadian citizenship.I support Argentina's call to take UK to UN to regain control.

  • rate this

    Comment number 482.

    So the Tevez saga finally makes sense! An early 'strike' against the British pig-dogs.

    Does this mean that Iceland and Greenland belong to the Irish?

    I for one will be boycotting Frey Bentos pies, Corned Beef and......no that's it.

  • rate this

    Comment number 481.

    @475, Oil is a motivator, it was the motivation for the 82 invasion, and the UK did agree to share the reserves in 1995, but the argentines tore up the agreement in 2007.

    If the islanders voted to cede to argentina tomorrow then I'd support that they've made thier choice, but they dont want to cede to argentina and wish to remain british.

  • rate this

    Comment number 480.

    How pathetic .They really are a bunch of kids.

  • rate this

    Comment number 479.

    1 - HMS Dauntless is simply replacing HMS Montrose as since the war, the RN has always had either a frigate or destroyer stationed there.
    2 -The South Atlantic is a very big place. Just because a nuclear sub may or may not be there doesn't mean to say that's aimed at Argentina, its most likely just passing through. Does Argentina think that every thing that goes through is aimed at them?

  • Comment number 478.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 477.

    all i can say is Yawn Yawn Yawn. Let them do what they want the international community is looking at Argentina in shame. If argentina dont care about the 3000 islanders that just shows what argentinas really like. Is it wrong to hope for a war so we can kick their butts?


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