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Oil saga in the Falklands moves to UN

Despite the fact that the UK has held sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and its surrounding waters since the mid-1800s, Argentina is again attempting to stake a new claim for sovereignty of the islands and the surrounding waters. This comes at a time when a small band of UK oil explorers have moved into the region with experts predicting that billions of barrels of oil could be discovered under the seabed.

While the Argentinian authorities have ruled out any military action they have placed yet another claim for the Falkland Islands with United Nations and various regional political groups. The UK government has never given the impression that it is willing to discuss future sovereignty of the island and indeed the inhabitants class themselves as British and want to remain as part of the UK. Whether or not the involvement of the United Nations will prove to be a turning point for the Argentinian claims to the island remains to be seen but the UK government cannot afford to give any ground in the run-up to the general election.

It is no coincidence that the Argentinian authorities have made a new move on the island prior to the drilling for oil which is expected to go ahead over the next few weeks and months. Will Gordon Brown keep the faith and remain steadfast in his belief that the Falklands should remain part of the UK in the future?

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