Taken from the pages of "some folks never learn"....it seems now that oil has been discovered near the British territory, Argentina (again) wants the islands back. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opin...ng+over+Falkland+resources/2585140/story.html Wave of tension rising over Falkland resources Britain puts warships on standby By Damien McElroy, Daily TelegraphFebruary 19, 2010 Royal Navy warships were on standby Thursday night to protect shipping to the Falkland Islands as Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Britain would take a robust stand against Argentine encroachment on the resource-rich South Atlantic territory. HMS York, a type 42-destroyer, was on a "tight leash" patrolling the seas around the islands in response to rising tensions over British companies' oil exploration near the Falklands. Argentina has demanded a halt to "illegal" oil drilling near the islands and on Wednesday imposed a permit system on ships passing from its ports to the Falklands. Brown issued an explicit warning to the Argentine government that the South Atlantic force -- which also included a 1,000-strong military detachment on land -- would respond to any disruption of the Falklands links to the outside world. "We maintain the security of the Falklands and there are routine patrols continuing," Brown said. "I think you will find that we have made all the preparations that are necessary to make sure the Falkland Islanders are properly protected." A statement from the Ministry of Defence said: "A deterrence force is maintained on the islands. That deterrence force comprises a wide range of land, air and maritime assets, which collectively maintain our defence posture." Navy commanders said the prospect of the Argentine disruption of shipping in the area was real. "This is modern defence diplomacy in action," an MoD official said. "The warships are there to protect the UK interests in the South Atlantic. If the Argentines were to interfere with the free movement of shipping on the high seas that would be illegal and we would make a decision to use our deterrence force. "At the end of the day if the Argentines decide to up the ante and the Foreign Office agreed that our interests were being challenged, we are there to stop that." Argentine officials have revived the country's claims to sovereignty over the Falklands to contest British claims on the potentially lucrative deep-sea oilfields within the islands' 200-mile economic zone. Jorge Taiana, Argentina's foreign minister, scheduled a meeting with Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, next week to discuss British failure to comply with resolutions calling for a "discussion" of sovereignty. "What they're doing is illegitimate," he said. "It's a violation of our sovereignty. We will do everything necessary to defend and preserve our rights." British diplomats have accused the Argentine government of posturing to gain a negotiating toehold on the future revenues from an oil find.