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UKIP Defence Spokesman calls on the British government to stand by the Falkland Islanders


Published Mar 29, 2016

MikeHookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has called on the British government to "stand by the Falkland Islanders and tell the United Nations it does not accept its decision on Argentina's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)."

"The Falkland Islands do not lie in Argentinian waters and the UN should not be altering customary international law for the sake of one country whose actions in 1982 cost over one thousand lives," he said.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III) has been the guiding legislation and the decision by the UN today not only makes a mockery of that but also sticks two fingers up to the wishes of the Falkland Islanders themselves who voted 99.8% to remain part of British Overseas Territory.

"What happened to their right of self determination?

"Argentina caused the death of 649 of their own men and 255 British servicemen with their illegal invasion of the Islands in 1982 and an additional 775 were wounded, predominantly to distract attention away from their disastrous economic situation.

"After years of continued threats and bullying, including actions which are also illegal under international law such as the ban on certain flagged vessels, they want to get hold of the continental shelf surrounding the Falklands to try to boost their flagging coffers at the expense of the livelihoods of people who do not wish to be part of Argentina.

"I thought the UN was supposed to be a global arbitrator and stick to its own laws, not pick favourites at the expense of its own principles," he added.

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