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UK slams Argentine plan to seize Falklands oil driller assets

By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Monday accused Argentina of a politically motivated and ill…

  • Argentine judge orders embargo over Falklands oil probe Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine federal judge has ordered an embargo on some $156 million owned by companies exploring for oil off the Falklands Islands, over which Argentina claims sovereignty. She also has ordered them to stop their explorations More »

  • PM hits at Argentina over Falklands
    PM hits at Argentina over Falklands Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    David Cameron has upbraided the Argentinian foreign minister for raising the Falklands over dinner at a Brussels summit. More »

  • Cameron 'defends Falklands' in clash with Argentina minister
    Cameron 'defends Falklands' in clash with Argentina minister Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron defended London's claim to the Falklands during a confrontation with Argentina's foreign minister at a summit in Brussels Wednesday, sources said. More »

  • Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil
    Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain. More »

  • Argentina launches lawsuit against Falklands oil drillers Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Argentina announced on Friday it had started legal proceedings in one of its own courts against five companies, including three British, who are drilling for oil and gas off the Falkland Islands, a move Britain denounced as bullying. Britain defeated Argentina in a 1982 war over the South Atlantic islands and administers them as an overseas territory, whose population of around 3,000 voted overwhelmingly to remain under British rule in a referendum in 2013. Argentina says it is the rightful owner of the islands, which it calls Las Malvinas, a claim dating back centuries to the Spanish colonial era. "All exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons on the Argentine continental shelf without Argentine authorisation is illegal," Argentina's government minister responsible for the islands, Daniel Filmus, told Reuters. More »

  • Argentina Action Over UK Oil Firms In Falklands
    Argentina Action Over UK Oil Firms In Falklands Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Argentina has started legal action against three British companies drilling for oil and gas off the disputed Falkland Islands. Argentina's minister for the Falklands, Daniel Filmus, announced the start of the lawsuit in London. Mr Filmus said a judge in Rio Grande, Argentina, had agreed to take on the case, involving three UK firms and two from the US. The UK firms are understood to be Rockhopper, Premier Oil and Falkland Oil and Gas. More »

  • Falklands oil drillers scale back after price slump Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A group of three oil explorers drilling in the Falkland Islands, including Noble Energy , have shelved plans to drill a second well in the south and east Falklands following the steep drop in oil prices, one of the partners said on Monday. The partners, which also include London-listed Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL) and Edison International , said they would continue drilling in other parts of the region. "We believe that disciplined capital management is crucial in the current oil price environment and this decision leaves FOGL in a stronger financial position," said FOGL Chief Executive Tim Bushell. Oil explorers across the globe have scrapped expensive drilling work to rein in costs on the back of a steep decline in oil prices and instead focus on projects that will bring more immediate returns. More »

  • Charges filed in Falklands dispute
    Charges filed in Falklands dispute Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Argentina has filed criminal charges against British oil firms exploring in waters near the Falkland Islands in a fresh diplomatic row over the territory, the Argentinian foreign ministry said tonight. More »

  • Falklands spat heats up between Britain, Argentina
    Falklands spat heats up between Britain, Argentina Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Britain and Argentina's longstanding dispute over the Falklands escalated Thursday as Buenos Aires took legal action against companies exploring for oil off the islands and the countries summoned each other's ambassadors for a dressing-down. More »

  • Ambassador Summoned Over Falklands Oil Threat
    Ambassador Summoned Over Falklands Oil Threat Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Argentina claims three British companies drilling for oil and gas in the Falklands do not have the right to be there and has threatened to prosecute them. The threat was made by president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in a speech on the 33rd anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. She vowed to take action against UK oil companies if they drilled in waters around the islands. Sky sources say Argentina's UK ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. More »

  • Argentina plans lawsuits against UK oil firms near Falklands
    Argentina plans lawsuits against UK oil firms near Falklands Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    LONDON/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina said it would begin legal action on Thursday against British energy firms operating near the Falkland Islands, in a growing war of words over the disputed South Atlantic territory. The move is the latest diplomatic spat between Britain and Argentina, who fought a short war over the Falklands in 1982, and has led to both countries summoning the other's ambassador for a dressing down. Last week, British firms Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd said they had made an oil and gas discovery at a well off the south Atlantic islands, the first in a nine-month drilling campaign. Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez called the announcement "almost provocative", and Argentine officials warned they were planning legal action against British energy firms exploring off the shores of the Falklands, which lie 300 miles off the Argentine coast and 8,000 miles from Britain. More »

  • Falklands spat over drilling plans
    Falklands spat over drilling plans Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Britain today dismissed a reported threat from Argentina to prosecute oil firms drilling near the Falklands. More »

  • UK spied on Argentina over Falklands from 2006 to 2011 - media Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Britain spied on Argentine military and political leaders to ensure the security of the Falkland Islands from 2006 to 2011, according to a local television channel, citing intelligence documents provided by U.S. whistle blower Edward Snowden. Tensions over the Falklands still simmer more than 30 years after the two countries fought a brief war, won by Britain, for control of the South Atlantic archipelago. TN reporter Eddie Fitte said he learned of the documents several days ago when he received a series of telephone calls from Snowden's media team in Rio de Janeiro. More »

  • Britain spied on Argentina over Falklands: Snowden
    Britain spied on Argentina over Falklands: Snowden Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Documents leaked by fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden show Britain spied on Argentina to monitor its efforts to win sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, Argentine media said Friday. More »

  • Argentina to declassify Falklands War files
    Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner said Thursday she has ordered the declassification of all secret documents on the 1982 Falklands War with Britain. More »

  • Argentina to Britain: spend money on the poor, not the Falklands
    Argentina to Britain: spend money on the poor, not the Falklands Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Britain should spend more helping its own poor than on defending the Falkland Islands, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said on Thursday, responding to a recently-announced budget increase aimed at protecting the contested archipelago. Britain's government said last week it would reinforce its military presence on the Falklands to counter the "very live threat" posed by Argentina. Fernandez, in a speech honouring soldiers who died in her country's failed 1982 invasion of the South Atlantic islands, dismissed the idea of Argentina being a threat, telling Britain to focus instead on fighting poverty within its own borders. Don't spend another pound sterling on defending the Malvinas," she said, using the Argentina term for the Falklands. More »

  • Drilling Finds Oil And Gas Off Falklands
    Drilling Finds Oil And Gas Off Falklands Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Two British companies have revealed they have made the first oil and gas discovery at a well off the Falkland Islands after a nine-month drilling campaign. Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd said the find at the Zebedee well was better than expected. The well will now be plugged and abandoned as a successful exploration well and the rig will be moved to the Isobel Deep well in the southern part of the North Falkland Basin. Andrew Lodge, exploration director at Premier Oil, said: "We are delighted to announce the discoveries in the Hector and Zebedee fans, which extend the play fairway further south from Sea Lion and the satellites. More »

  • Argentina condemns British 'provocation' in Falklands
    Argentina condemns British 'provocation' in Falklands Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Argentina branded Britain's plans to beef up its defenses in the Falkland Islands a "provocation" and a pre-election stunt Wednesday. More »

  • Argentina criticizes Britain for military boost in Falklands Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Britain for building up its military capacity in the disputed Falkland Islands, a small increase that caused a big stir in the South American country. More »

  • British government using Falklands for election gains: Argentina Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Britain's remark that Argentina remains a threat to the disputed Falkland Islands is baseless and aimed at stirring nationalist sentiment ahead of a May general election in that country, a senior Argentine government official said on Wednesday. Britain's defence secretary told lawmakers on Tuesday that it would reinforce its military presence on the Falklands to ensure they were properly protected. "They are provoking Argentina, hoping that the country reacts in order to strengthen nationalist feelings ... thinking that it will favour them in their election," Daniel Filmus, a top official in the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Falkland-related issues, said in an interview. The secretary, Michael Fallon, had earlier told the BBC before addressing Parliament that Argentina's leftist government represented a "very live threat" to the islands, over which tensions still fizzle more than three decades after a brief war between the two countries. More »

  • Minister: Britain to add to Falklands Islands defense Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to add two transport helicopters and an enhanced communications system to its defense systems in the disputed Falklands Islands. More »

  • UK 'military lobby' behind Falklands beef-up: Argentina
    UK 'military lobby' behind Falklands beef-up: Argentina Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Argentina said Tuesday that Britain's plan to beef up its defenses in the Falkland Islands was a wasteful initiative pushed through by the military lobby. More »

  • Falklands: Cameron is a fool to send in the troops - Argentina's army is …
    Falklands: Cameron is a fool to send in the troops - Argentina's army is … Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Following news of the deployment of more British troops in Las Malvinas in response to a supposed arms deal between Argentina and Russia, there are a few things that must be said. First, the Argentine army is in no condition to defend its own country. Its military troops have been forced to relocate from the borders to take care of internal insecurity due a lack of personnel within the rest of the security forces. The military logistics by sea, air and land are in their worst shape in decades: ships are being sunk while they are moored, pilots are not flying so they have no experience, plus their planes are in pieces as a result of budget cuts over several years. More »

  • Russia has 'more right' to Crimea than UK to Falklands, says Moscow
    Russia has 'more right' to Crimea than UK to Falklands, says Moscow Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Russia has more claim to Crimea than Britain has to the Falkland Islands, a senior Russian lawmaker insisted Sunday as London again denounced Moscow's "illegal annexation" of the peninsula. More »

  • British, Argentine swimmers to take Falklands plunge
    British, Argentine swimmers to take Falklands plunge Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Two swimmers from Argentina and Britain will brave the frigid waters that separate the two main islands in the Falklands in an event to mark the 1982 war between the nations over the remote South Atlantic archipelago. More »

  • Britain laughs off Argentine Falklands banknote as 'a stunt'
    Britain laughs off Argentine Falklands banknote as 'a stunt' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain derided a new Argentine banknote featuring the disputed Falkland Islands as a stunt on Tuesday and said it had no intention of discussing sovereignty over the archipelago with Buenos Aires. Tensions over the Falklands, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina, still crackle more than 30 years after Argentine forces seized them and the then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher sent a task force to retake them. Hit by high inflation, Argentina issued a new 50-peso banknote this month described by the central bank as a reminder of the South American country's "undying claim" to Las Malvinas. More »

  • FALKLANDS Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Map locates the Falkland Islands; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; More »

  • Falklands to unveil Thatcher statue in 2015
    Falklands to unveil Thatcher statue in 2015 Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Falkland Islands are to erect a statue next year of former British premier Margaret Thatcher, who defended the territory against Argentina in 1982, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Thursday. More »

  • UK gives Falklands medal for Argentine war role, hails Thatcher memorial
    UK gives Falklands medal for Argentine war role, hails Thatcher memorial Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday hailed plans to erect a memorial to Margaret Thatcher in the contested Falkand Islands and announced Britain would be giving the British Overseas Territory a medal for its role in a 1982 war with Argentina. The announcement is likely to anger the Argentine government which claims the islands as its own and has stepped up a campaign to get what it calls Las Malvinas back as exploration by oil and gas firms nearby has raised diplomatic tensions. ... More »

  • Haunted Falklands vet finds Argentine marine's family
    Haunted Falklands vet finds Argentine marine's family Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    A British veteran searching for the identity of an Argentine marine he killed in the Falklands War will get a chance for closure after a newspaper found the man's family. More »

  • Public transport to say: 'Falklands are Argentine' Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Congress has ruled that all public transportation must display a sign saying: "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" ("The Falklands are Argentine"). More »

  • Argentina accuses Britain over Falklands Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is complaining about a British military training exercise near the Falkland Islands. More »

  • Argentina accuses Britain of 'new provocation' over Falklands
    Argentina accuses Britain of 'new provocation' over Falklands Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Argentina on Thursday accused Britain of carrying out military exercises near the Falkland Islands, saying it amounted to a "new provocation" in the long-running dispute over the rocky South Atlantic archipelago. More »

  • UK Falklands veteran tries to trace family of soldier he killed
    UK Falklands veteran tries to trace family of soldier he killed Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    British soldier Gordon Hoggan still has horrifying nightmares about killing an Argentinian marine with his bayonet during the Falklands War. More »

  • Clarkson: Falklands Row Mob Attack 'Terrifying'
    Clarkson: Falklands Row Mob Attack 'Terrifying' Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Jeremy Clarkson has told how he and his Top Gear crew were attacked by an angry crowd armed with rocks and pickaxe handles - saying it was "the most terrifying thing I've ever been involved in". More »