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Construction – slated to take place in 2024 – has come under scrutiny from Daniel Filmus, secretary of the Malvinas (Argentina’s name for the Falkland Islands), Antarctica and the Atlantic South, which claims that development is “is illegitimate and illegal”. These concerns raised by Mr. Filmus led the provincial authorities to file an official complaint aimed at putting an end to any new development.

It was the first time that an existing provincial law had been applied by local authorities to foreign action in the islands.

Argentina is no stranger to rejecting proposals for its coasts, as an attempt by the Chilean government to change the demarcation of one of its offshore platforms has been rejected in recent weeks.

Staff from BAM Nuttall Ltd (Royal Bam Group), the company with which the contract for the works was concluded in April 2020, arrived in August 2020 and are awaiting the green light for the start of the works in 2024.

But the islands’ self-proclaimed government praised the development, saying, “The plan is to replace the existing port with a new facility that will benefit fishing, tourism and shipping users, as well as many. other sectors of the local economy.

“The new facility will support the national economy and enable future economic growth in many business sectors.

Although the coronavirus ended the project, sources in the Tierra del Fuego government believed BAM Nuttall had already started transporting the equipment to the site.

The Tierra del Fuego authorities, which under national law hold jurisdiction over the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, rejected the proposal and pointed out that the use of current provincial law was never enforced. to no foreign action in the Falklands, so far.

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The development whistleblower process will mean that the Secretary of the Environment will send an official notification to Bam Nutall Ltd, to which they will then have 90 days to submit their documentation for the case.

Mr. Dachary explained, “Based on the response we have, we can see if the prosecution stage begins.”

Gustavo Melella, governor of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, echoed Mr. Filmus’ views, saying: “Any company that wants to do a construction of this type in the province must make certain requests in order to advance. “

Mr. Melella continued, “To build a port, provincial laws must be followed.”
Opinions across the political spectrum of Tierra del Fuego and surrounding areas have all expressed concerns about what the UK is really aiming to do with this build.

Tierra del Fuego Senator Pablo Daniel Blanco said: “I have no doubt that the port that Britain intends to build in the Malvinas is strategically and geopolitically projected as a logistics support pole in Antarctica.”

Governor Melella further supported Mr. Blanco’s assertions by stating that the main objective of construction in this area “is oil, fishing, a geopolitical issue of having a very strong presence in the South Atlantic and the Antarctic zone “.

The arguments provided by both Senator Blanco and Governor Melella echo the sentiments of Mr Filmus, who has been at the forefront of denouncing the building plans.

Mr. Filmus believes that the construction plans “violate United Nations Resolution 3149, which says that neither country can carry out activities without the permission of the other”.

Filmus continued, “This shows the importance that the South Atlantic is acquiring in the global geopolitical scenario.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega


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