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Antarctic Rumblings October 17 2007

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The Shackleton Foundation is disquieted to hear of the strange new attempt by the British Government to theoretically claim a larger part of Antarctica beneath the Pole

Article 4 of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty does not recognize, dispute, or establish territorial sovereignty claims and specifically states that "no new claims shall be asserted while the treaty is in force."

By curious coincidence, new claims have been laid to the Arctic lately, including the somewhat farcical Russian submarine flag-planting in August of this year, which one can only imagine has spurred our Government on to make their "theoretical" case.

It should be remembered that the 1959 Antarctic Treaty was, in effect, the first arms control agreement of the Cold War. The Treaty states that the Antarctic continent is a demilitarized natural reserve, devoted to peaceful scientific research, with environmental protection recognised and guaranteed by no less than 46 countries.

In brief: Antarctica belongs to all of us.

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