They were like "meh." Photo via thesundaytimes.com

While Argentines rejoice over the United Nations’ ruling extending the country’s maritime border to include the Malvinas Islands, the South Atlantic Islands and Antarctica, the UK government has brushed off the whole thing because, well, the UN has no binding power, while the Malvinas Islands, aided by their trusty and ever-so-sassy Twitter account, have made it clear they have no intention of even discussing the land’s sovereignty issue.

Let’s take a look at what they all said.

The Malvinas Islands’ Stance

Shortly after Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra announced that the country’s new border will now include the Malvinas, the islands’ government said it would “seek clarification from the British government on what, if any, decisions have been made, and what implications there may be” for the land as consequence of the UN ruling.”

Argentina's new maritime borders as approved by the UN, photo via La Nación
Argentina’s new maritime borders as approved by the UN, photo via La Nación

“We always understood the UN wouldn’t pronounce itself on these kind of requests in disputed areas,” said Legislative Assembly President Mike Summers, who also said he had gotten in touch with the British Defense and Foreign Ministries.

The island’s official Twitter account, however, was a little less diplomatic and made it clear the islanders no intention whatsoever to even open a debate about sovereignty:

Then, they went all out in the sass department:

The UK Government’s Stance

The British government, on its end, put any chance of a debate to bed and said it wouldn’t comply with the ruling because you know, UN decisions.

“We still haven’t received any details on the report. It’s important to clarify this is an advising commission. Its recommendations are not legally binding and the commission has no jurisdiction  over sovereignty matters,” said Cameron’s spokesperson yesterday when consulted about the issue.

Most British outlets echoed the news but, like the government, didn’t look too concerned about the possibility of discussing the ongoing sovereignty issue. Despite most publications informing the fact that the commission included “the caveat that there’s an unresolved diplomatic dispute between Argentina and Britain over the islands,” the little importance they allocated it makes it look like they don’t think the ruling could steer things in a direction that’s favorable to Argentina.

Oil Concerns

What news outlets seemed to be more concerned about was what this all means regarding the region’s vast oil reserves, since the ruling expands, or rather abolishes, the 200-meter depth limitation which hereto prevented Argentine companies from drilling for oil.

“A UN ruling that the Falklands are within Argentinian waters has prompted fears the South American country will attempt to claim the region’s vast oil reserves,” the Daily Mail’s reads.

Moreover, The Guardian said that since “oil exploration is already pumping millions of dollars into the Falkland Islands‘ economy, many islanders remain concerned about Argentina’s claim as well as the potential for problems from rapid change brought by the new industry.”

Argentina’s redrawn map expands the country’s maritime borders by 35 percent, or 1,700,000 square km, allowing Argentina to exploit minerals and hydrocarbon resources. Argentina’s proposal, which was presented to the UN in 2009, was finally approved by 21 international experts on March 11th and now gives recognition to Argentina’s oceanic territory, which accounts for 48 percent of the country’s total territory.