Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne, spoke today of his fears that Argentina may attempt to hijack the Olympic Games due to start in London in the 27th, in an attempt to grab a few headlines for its claim to the Falkland Islands.
“I hope that all the countries that participate in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics come here and participate in the spirit with which the games are intended to exist, which is that it’s a great celebration of sport. But it’s a great celebration of our common humanity and opportunity for people to compete on an equal footing with each other, regardless of different cultures or different political systems.
If the Argentinians were minded to use the Olympics as a platform to try and make wider political points, or to sort of air, in an inappropriate way, their disagreements with Britain, I think that would be a mistake. I think it would be regrettable. I think they appear to realise that at a political level. I don’t think their athletes ever saw it any differently. I think they want to compete; they want to enjoy what will be the pinnacle of their athletics careers.
We are very much hoping that Argentina and everybody else enjoys the Olympics as the magnificent spectacle that it is.”
Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, has denied that her country will make any political gestures during the Games.