Britain to claim part of Antarctica


Claim conflicts with the spirit of 1959 Antarctic Treaty, to which Britain is a signatory, which prevents all exploitation of oil gas and minerals

So what’s in Antarctica? Oil or Nazis? — PID

By Kate Kelland
October 17, 2007

LONDON (Reuters) — The government plans to submit a claim to the United Nations to extend its Antarctic territory by a million square kilometres, the foreign office said on Wednesday.

The claim is one of five territorial requests planned by the the country ahead of a May 2009 deadline and covers a vast area of the seabed around British Antarctica…

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