Argentina Refuses Cruise Ships
Two cruise ships carrying nearly 3,000 passengers have been turned away from an Argentine port apparently because they had visited the Falklands.
Argentina blocks British-linked ships in Falklands spat
By Hugh Bronstein
(Reuters) – Provincial authorities in Argentina prohibited two British-linked cruise ships from docking in Tierra del Fuego on Monday, upping the ante in Argentina’s spat with Britain over the Falkland Islands.
The two countries fought a 10-week war over the Falklands in 1982 after Argentina invaded the South Atlantic archipelago. Tensions have risen before the 30th anniversary of the war this year, and oil exploration by British companies off the islands has raised the stakes.
London has refused to start talks demanded by Buenos Aires on the sovereignty of the Falklands unless the 3,000 residents of the islands call for them, which they show no signs of doing.
One of the ships turned away on Monday was the Star Princess, which was sailing under the flag of Bermuda, an overseas territory of Britain. It was prevented from docking in the southern Argentine port of Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego province, Argentina’s state news agency Telam said.
“The government of the province of Tierra del Fuego prohibited a cruise ship under the flag of a British colony from entering the port of Ushuaia, citing a provincial law linked to Argentina’s complaint over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands (as the archipelago is known in Argentina),” Telam said.
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