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Britain to claim more than 1m sq km of Antarctica (Guardian).

October 18th, 2007 · No Comments

The claim would be in defiance of the spirit of the 1959 Antarctic treaty, to which the UK is a signatory. It specifically states that no new claims shall be asserted on the continent. The treaty was drawn up to prevent territorial disputes.

The Antarctic submission reflects the UK’s efforts to secure resources for the future as oil and natural gas reserves dwindle over the coming decades.

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