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Bullying claim over legal action.

FOREIGN Secretary Philip Hammond has accused Argentina of bullying after it announced it was starting legal action against companies drilling for oil and gas near the Falkland Islands.

Three British firms, Premier Oil, Rockhopper Exploration and Falkland Oil & Gas, are reported to be among the five firms targeted by the action.

Daniel Filmus, Buenos Aires' minister for the Malvinas, as it refers to the British Overseas Territory, threatened legal moves earlier this month and is reported to have con-firmed that Argentinian judicial authorities will take on the case.

Mr Hammond told Sky News: "It is an outrageous piece of bullying and threatening against the Falkland Islanders' perfect right to develop their own economic resources and Argentina needs to stop this kind of behaviour and start acting like a responsible member of the International community." Last week Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro was summoned to the Foreign Office after she and the country's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, launched new criticism of the British Government's plan to boost defences with two RAF Chinook transport helicopters.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:3ARGE
Date:Apr 18, 2015
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