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Falkland Islands chiefs reject UN maritime ruling

Published 01/04/2016

Argentina continues to make claims over the islands
Argentina continues to make claims over the islands

Politicians in the Falkland Islands have rejected a UN commission's ruling that the archipelago would come within Argentina's maritime territory.

The UN commission on the limits of the continental shelf sided with Argentina this week in a dispute with the UK going back decades. The commission ratified a 2009 Argentine report that fixed the limit of its territory at 200 to 350 miles from its coast.

Mike Summers, a legislative assembly member for the islands, told reporters the decision "has no effect for the sovereign position of the Falklands".

Saturday marks the 34th anniversary of the start of the Falklands war, when invading Argentinian forces were routed by British troops.

Islanders and the UK Government have long rejected Argentina's claims.

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