Argentina urges British PM to halt Falklands oil exploration

14th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner called Friday on Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron to halt all oil exploration in the "disputed" waters around the Falkland Islands.

"Recently, unilateral oil exploration activities have begun in the disputed area, which has been rejected by my government, and I hope it will be possible for you to stop these operations in favor of fruitful cooperation with my country," Kirchner wrote in a note released Friday.

The president sent the letter to Cameron upon his becoming Britain's new premier, wishing him success and reaffirming her government's willingness to resume negotiations on the sovereignty of the islands.

Argentina and Britain went to war in 1982 over the remote south Atlantic archipelago, which is known in the Spanish-speaking world as the Malvinas. The islands lie 450 kilometers (280 miles) off Argentina's coast.

© 2010 AFP

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