The UK names two Ramsar sites in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

25/10/2001

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In response to the announcement by the Ramsar Bureau of the designation by the United Kingdom of two Ramsar sites in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), the Ramsar Bureau has received a diplomatic note from the Permanent Mission of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations at Geneva, dated 24 October 2001, in which it is stated (translation from Spanish done by the Ramsar Bureau):

"The Argentine Republic reiterates its rejection to the British extension of the application of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance subscribed in Ramsar on 2 February 1971 to the Islas Malvinas, Georgias del Sur and Sandwich del Sur and the surrounding marine spaces.

Consequently, the Argentine Republic rejects now the British designation of the territories called by the United Kingdom "Sea Lion Islands" and "Bertha’s Beach" as Ramsar sites, due to the fact that, by belonging to the Islas Malvinas archipelago, they are part of the Argentine national territory.

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted Resolutions 2065 (XX), 3160 (XXVIII), 31/49, 37/9, 38/12, 39/6 and 40/21, 41/40, 42/19 and 43/25, which recognise the existence of a dispute of sovereignty related to the question of the Islas Malvinas and ask the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to initiate negotiations with a view to find the means to resolve peacefully and definitively all the aspects related to the future of the Islas Malvinas in accordance with the United Nations Charter.

The Argentine Republic reaffirms its sovereignty rights over the Islas Malvinas, Georgias del Sur, Sandwich del Sur and the surrounding marine spaces."

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