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Argentina rejects UK protest over Malvinas hydrocarbon law

Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuaín today called a meeting with the United Kingdom's ambassador, in order to reject the nation's protest over a new law that prohibits the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources in the area around the Malvinas Islands.

The Argentine government maintained that in the missive sent by the Foreign Office to the country's commercial attaché in London, "the British parties assume desired rights over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the maritime zones surrounding them."

"Although the laws that the above-mentioned letter refers to do not specifically name the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, the British government in their statement recognises that the law applies to those maritime areas around the archipelagos, and it cannot be done in another way since they are an integral part of Argentine territory," the official statement affirms.

The Deputy Foreign Minister concluded the meeting by transmitting once more the government's "willingness" to "resume bilateral negotiations, in order to find in the shortest period possible a peaceful solution to the [Malvinas] sovereignty dispute."
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