Argentina blocks 2 British cruise ships

2012-02-27 22:27

London - Two British cruise ships that visited the Falkland Islands were refused entry to an Argentinian port on Monday, amid tension over the disputed archipelago.

The Adonia, owned by P&O cruises, and the Princess Cruises vessel Star Princess were both blocked from entering Ushuaia in southern Argentina after both ships stopped at the Falklands on Saturday.

"We are very concerned to hear the Adonia and Star Princess have been refused access to the port of Ushuaia," said a spokesperson for Britain's Foreign Office.

"There can be no justification for interference in free and legitimate commerce.

"British diplomats in Argentina are urgently seeking to clarify the circumstances surrounding this incident, and we are in contact with the company concerned."

Tensions are running high between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands, which London controls but Buenos Aires claims, ahead of the 30th anniversary in April of the start of the war between the two nations over the islands.

Argentina has also reacted angrily to the deployment of Prince William to the Falklands as part of his job as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot, and to a planned fact-finding trip by British lawmakers next month.

Carnival UK, which owns both P&O and Princess Cruises, said in a statement the Adonia was now sailing towards Punta Arenas in Chile, its next port of call on an 87-night tour of South America.

The Star Princess was on a 14-night South America cruise which started in Rio de Janeiro on February 18.

  • Stuart - 2012-02-28 06:34

    The islanders have decided they wish to be managed by the brits democratically. End of story!

      Stephen - 2012-02-28 08:25

      In a nutshell, it’s that simple. I'm guess Argentina still got themselves a thug government, just like SA.

      Jaba - 2012-02-28 08:27

      I have to agree. If the population, democratically voted to be part of the UK, than so it is. Majority rule - its democratic & fair.

      S - 2012-02-28 10:45

      Been there, saw the penguins, got the t-shirt. Port Stanley is more British than the average fishing village in the UK itself, complete with red post boxes, red phone booths and even a red double decker bus. The cars in town are all Land Rovers and Range Rovers. No way Argentina can claim the islands belong to them.

  • Tim - 2012-02-28 07:01

    Thats right Agentina you have enough jobs and your economy is booming you dont need tourists!! Tour boats go elsewhere! VIVA FALKLANDS! VIVA!!!!

      Colin - 2012-02-28 07:29

      I agree. It seems a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Well there go 2 boatloads full of people with one of the strongest currencies in the world. Chile must be wringing their hands with glee.

  • Stephen - 2012-02-28 08:15

    We kick there asses, 30 years back, and well do it again if they want.

  • John - 2012-02-28 08:41

    "Tensions are running high between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands, which London controls". lol... and the ships were turned away... Maybe London doesn't control it too well...

      Alan - 2012-02-28 10:32

      If you knew anything about world affairs (or could read an article properly before commenting) you would know that London does not control Argentina, where the ships tried to dock.

      S - 2012-02-28 10:40

      Ushuaia is on the Argentinian side of Tierra del Fuego, which is an island at the southern tip of South America. The Falklands are about 300km to the northeast.

  • Horst - 2012-02-28 11:01

    Don't understand why Britain wants to hang on to some islands far away from their shores. Sell them to the Argentinians, who obviously want them badly.

      Clifton - 2012-02-29 18:39

      Something called 'self determination'.

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