UN says Argentine maritime territory includes the Falklands

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Argentina is celebrating a decision by a UN commission expanding its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 35 per cent to include the Falkland Islands and beyond.

The Argentine foreign ministry said that its waters had increased by 0.66 million square miles and the decision will be key in its dispute with Britain over the Islands.

Argentina lost a 1982 war with Britain after Argentine troops seized the South Atlantic archipelago that Latin Americans call the Malvinas.

The islands were recaptured after a naval task force sailed from Portsmouth.

The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf sided with Argentina earlier this month, ratifying the country’s 2009 report fixing the limit of its territory at 200-350 miles from its coast.

Britain says the Falklands are a self-governing entity under its protection.