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Response to forest444 (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 02:24 PM

13. Well, I wouldn't go that far

Thatchers claim wasn't illegal. UNCLOS authorizes a 200 mile limit if no other treaties are in place, and because Argentina and the UK have no treaties governing a maritime border, Thatchers declaration was perfectly legal under international law. In situations like this one, international law states that both nations get to declare their EEZ's, and any overlap is simply classified as "disputed". Minus any treaties to the contrary, Thatcher's 200 mile EEZ was consistent with both maritime convention and recognized law at the time. Only the UN could overturn it, which they just did.

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