Thursday, August 20, 2015

British inhabitants of Malvinas say Pope tricked to pose with sign

The sign Pope Francis has been pictured with at the Vatican, calling for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands, certainly sparked controversy with a British member of the Legislative Assembly of the Malvinas Islands saying the Argentine pontiff was “tricked” to pose with the written message.

In his official Twitter account, Gavin Phillip Short, a “serving member of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands” as his profile says, firmly questioned the picture that raised some eyebrows yesterday showing Francis with a sign that read “It is time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom over Malvinas.”

“With you, dialogue only means ‘How fast can we seize the Islands?’ It’s not going to happen. Keep dreaming, (Daniel) Filmus,” Short tweeted on Wednesday, aiming at Argentina’s Malvinas Islands Affairs Secretary, Daniel Filmus.

Citing an article by the Bloomberg agency, the Bristish legislator in the disputed South Atlantic territories affirmed Francis was “tricked” to pose with the sign and warned “only we #Falkland Islanders will say what our future is - not the Pope."

"Looks like @FilmusDaniel & his bosses pulled one on the Pope regarding the #Falklands heavens not where they r going," he said.

Meanwhile, British inhabitants of the Islands also condemned the Pope’s pro-dialogue message using the @falklands_utd account, in some cases insulting President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and demanding an “apology” from the head of the Roman Catholic Church because “Of our 3,000 population there are many Catholics to whom you've let down.”

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  1. Pope joins the campaign for negotiated solution on sovereignty of the Falklands/Malvinas ...

    Pope Francis joined seven other Nobel Prize winners in a campaign calling for dialogue between Argentina and the UK to find a peaceful solution to the Falklands.

    Pope Francis joined a campaign calling for the United Kingdom to agree to a dialogue with Argentina over possession of the Malvinas Islands - Falkland Islands for the British. The remote archipelago in the South Atlantic has been a matter of dispute between the two countries for two centuries. In 2013, Argentina had requested the intervention of the Pope in the dispute over the Malvinas Islands.

    Argentina claims sovereignty of the islands, which it inherited from Spain and which were occupied by the United Kingdom. The United Nations (UN) considers the archipelago disputed territory and 50 years ago issued Resolution 2065, urging the two countries to seek a negotiated solution.

    But the UK believes that the future of the islands should be decided by the residents, claiming the principle of self-determination. Argentina says that the principle only applies to a native population and the inhabitants of the Malvinas are descendants of British settlers.

    The dispute resulted in a war in 1982, when the Argentine military tried to recover the islands and were defeated by the British Armed Forces. But Argentina still claims sovereignty of the islands. This year, the fiftieth anniversary of Resolution 2065, a campaign was launched calling for dialogue between the two countries to to settle the issue.

    Seven Nobel Prize winners have endorsed the campaign. And the pope - who is Argentinian - took a picture with the sign that says: It's time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Malvinas. The president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, released the photo by social networks on Wednesday 19.


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