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 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.

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    Comment number 471.

    @ 461

    It's not fabricated. The islanders do wish to remain British. Yes, the islands became British back in our colonial past. They have been British for almost 200 years. The Argentines have no legal claim on them. Their main argument is "they're closer to us than they are to you". Not good enough.

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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 359.

    The World belonged to Neanderthals & others before Sapiens (!?!) arrived on the scene, so should we self-erradicate ourselves as we are illegal occupiers.

    So a Spanish colony wants to capture a British colony - 500 years of history & nothing changes. If Argentina was a true native country they might have substance to their claim. Patagonia was more Welsh than Spanish. Plaid Cymru at work?

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    Comment number 339.

    Royal Wedding. Check.
    High unemployment. Check.
    Looming conflict over Las Malvinas. Check.

    I think successive governments and the current one have done a fantastic job in moving us forward to the 80s again.

    Just waiting for the Iranian embassy siege part 2 now...


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