UK: Argentine boycott call is counter-productive

By REUTERS
February 29, 2012 13:44

LONDON - An Argentine minister's call on firms to stop importing UK goods in protest at Britain's position on the Falkland Islands is counter-productive and Britain has raised the issue with Buenos Aires, a British official said on Wednesday.

Industry Minister Debora Giorgi urged company executives on Tuesday to stop importing British goods, a ministry source said, further straining ties as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war approaches.

"We think that's counter-productive and also a complete misreading of Britain's resolve on this issue," a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters.

"We are also a major investor in Argentina and we import goods from Argentina. It is not in Argentina's economic interest to put up barriers. The right approach here is one of cooperation not confrontation," he said.

Britain's Foreign Office was in contact with Argentina's Embassy in London about the issue, he said.


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