ARGENTINA'S OVER STATEMENTS RELATIVE TO THEIR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF CLAIMS AND THE RULING OF THE UN'S CLCS COMMISSION
ARGENTINE PUBLIC PRONOUNCEMENTS TO THE CONTRARY THE UNITED NATIONS DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE CLAIMS OF ARGENTINA TO THE PORTIONS OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OCCUPIED BY THE FALKLANDS ISLANDS AND OTHER NON ARGENTINE ENTENTES.
In April of 2009 Argentina submitted a formal claim to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of The Continental Shelf asserting their claim over the their allotted portion of the Continental shelf under UNCLOS (United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea) . In that claim they also put forward a claim over the continental shelf under the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, The Shetlands, and the British portion of the Antarctic continental shelf. In 2016 the commission acknowledged receipt and plenary session processing of the Argentine claim and preliminarily approving the Argentine claim to what is approximately their allotted portion of their own adjacent outer continental shelf and specifically did not rule on the extend claim to the Falklands, South Georgia, the Shetlands, and the British portion of the Antarctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Immediately Argentina started making international claims and printing headlines that Argentina had been granted a 35% increase in their portion of the OCS including those portions clearly belonging to Great Britain. This was at best a gross over statement and misinterpretation of the actual Commission ruling, and at worse a bold faced and deliberate lie to further their cause and weary the Brits.
The claim to the British portion of the Antarctic OCS is the most utterly ridiculous. No territorial claims are being considered relative to the Antarctic continent which by an extended treaty remains for the time being in the international commons. Certainly a committee wouldn't rule on such a claim at this time and certainly not without notifying Great Britain. Failing or refusing to rule on claims blatantly beyond the scope of the UNCLOS can hardly be characterized as "approval" of such claims. By receiving an answer to a filing that contained such claims without the claims being formally upheld is certainly not "Commission approval".
Here in America we've seen a lot of "fake news" since November of 2016, but Argentina takes the blue ribbon for "fake news: in 2016. Read more at: UN CLCS COMMISSION