Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman is meeting UN chief Ban Ki-moon to discuss his country’s concerns over Britain’s “militarisation” of the seas around the disputed Falkland Islands.
UN Television showed images of Timerman meeting Ban.
Timerman is also meeting Togo’s Ambassador Kodjo Menan, who holds the rotating UN Security Council presidency, and Cuban Ambassador Pedro Nunez Mosquera, who heads the UN Decolonization Committee.
The Argentine minister is addressing the press later. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant has scheduled his own news conference afterward.
The UN meeting comes after Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner hit out at the UK’s decision to send the Duke of Cambridge and one of its most modern warships to the South Atlantic region.
Last week Prince William began a six-week posting in the Falklands region in his role as an RAF search and rescue pilot, while the Government has also revealed it is to send HMS Dauntless to the South Atlantic.
The Type 45 destroyer is due to set sail for the region on her maiden mission in the coming months to replace frigate HMS Montrose.
Argentina invaded the islands in 1982 but its forces were driven out in a war that cost hundreds of lives.
Argentina still claims the islands which it refers to as Las Malvinas.