Argentina Tells Companies to Cut U.K. Purchases Over Falklands
Argentine officials told executives from about 20 companies to cut their imports of goods made in the U.K. as a protest over control of the Falkland Islands, said an official who declined to be identified because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly.
Companies including the local unit of Ford Motor Co. (F) were told to find substitutes for imports from the U.K., the official said yesterday. The move came one day after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government blocked two Carnival Corp. (CCL) cruise ships that had stopped for a port call in the Falklands from docking in Argentina.
Fernandez is stepping up pressure on the U.K. to discuss the sovereignty of the islands, over which the two nations fought a war in 1982. The 59-year-old leader said Feb. 27 that the U.K.’s control of the archipelago represented a vestige of “colonialism,” the same description U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron gave to Argentina’s claim over the islands this month.