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article imageArgentina's President discusses Falklands status with Pope

By Paul Iddon     Mar 18, 2013 in Politics
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has asked the new pope to intervene in the UK/Argentine dispute over the status of the Falklands.
Fernandez was on a visit to the Vatican to meet the new pope who was born in Argentina. She was the first head of state to be received by the new pope who was elected just last week. His position with regard to the Malvina (Argentine name for the islands) dispute is the same as Ms. Fernandez, that being he believes they rightfully belong to Argentina. (The Telegraph, March 18 2013)
The pope has in the past came out in clear favor of the Argentine claim to the island. He said at a Mass attended by Argentine veterans of the 1982 Falklands War last year that they had "come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the Homeland who went out to defend their mother, the Homeland, and to reclaim what is rightfully theirs."
British Prime Minister David Cameron has come out and said that he "respectfully" disagreed with the views espoused by the Pope with regard to the history of the dispute.
Ms. Fernandez told reporters about her meeting with the pope and said of the Falklands that she "asked for his intervention to avoid problems that could emerge from the militarization of Great Britain in the South Atlantic. We want a dialogue and that's why we asked the pope to intervene so that the dialogue is successful." (BBC News, March 18 2013)
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