May 24, 2013
UK plans to set largest marine protection zone in South Georgia Island
England has drafted plans for extending marine protection zone in South Georgia to the largest in the world, according to British newspaper, The Times.
Close to Malvinas Islands the 386,000 square mile zone round the island of South Georgia is full of penguins and killer whales.
According to the English paper, a Whitehall source explained that “Argentina, like the United Kingdom, is a signatory of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources so we would like to think that common interest in conservation will carry more weight than the dispute over sovereignty.”
The move has already triggered a backlash from Argentina as Ruperto Godoy, member of the Lower House's Argentine Foreign Relations committee, came on stage and told The Timnes reporters that “South Georgia Island is an integral part of our national territory”, and added, “The UK must obey international law and return them to Argentina peacefully.”
Plans for the zone come after Argentina intensified its claims of sovereignty over the South Atlantic archipelago by detaining Spanish fishing vessels on suspicion of breaking the country’s “blockade” of the seas around the islands.