Cristina calls for “holy intervention”

19 Mar

In a lunchtime meeting with the newly elected Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, is reported to have asked the Catholic church’s leader for his “holy intervention” in her country’s claim to the Falkland Islands. Pope

In a press release following the meeting, Fernandez confirmed that she had asked the Pope to intervene in the long-standing disagreement with the United Kingdom over ownership of the archipelago, requesting his, “holy intervention in the Falklands case so that Great Britain can understand the resolutions issued by the United Nations calling them to join Argentina in a negotiating table.”

Pope Francis was elected last week following the surprise resignation of his predecessor and is himself an Argentine who has previously referred to the Falkland Islands as belonging to his country. In a public statement, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has already informed the new head of the Catholic church that he believes that the Pope’s views on the sovereignty of the islands are wrong. A comment which has been called “disrespectful” in Argentina.

Britain’s claim to the Falkland Islands goes back to 1765 while Argentina only claims to have inherited the archipelago from Spain in 1816 when they became independent. There are no current United Nations General Assembly Resolutions calling for negotiations.

The last time that Argentina asked a Pope to mediate over a sovereignty dispute, they lost the Beagle Channel to Chile. Even then the Argentine Government initially appealed and then refused to implement the Papal decision until after a referendum of their people asking whether they should obey.


9 Responses to “Cristina calls for “holy intervention””

  1. Don Alberto March 19, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    “In his 2012 address, he said Argentina was being harmed by demagoguery, totalitarianism, corruption and efforts to secure unlimited power. The message resonated in a country whose president was ruling by decree, where political scandals rarely were punished and where top ministers openly lobbied for Fernandez to rule indefinitely.”

    • Fernando March 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

      En este dia tan glorioso en la cual se entronizo al primer PAPA Argentino y Latinoamericano, le dire que el Santo Padre es ahora el jefe de estado del vaticano, en mi opinion, la disputa por la soberania tiene que darse en una mesa de negociacion entre Argentina y el Reino Unido en la ONU, el santo Padre debe mantenerse al margen de esta disputa. Bastante va a tener con todo lo que se avecina. No queria poner en este foro lo del Santo Padre, pero le dire que espero que vea que despues de todo no somos tan malos los Argentinos, porque este hombre fue elegido por Dios para ser su pescador en la tierra. Como estoy muy feliz y orgulloso, aprovecho para mandarle un fuerte abrazo a toda la isla y a usted especialmente. Lo que dice el diario Boston Globe es completamente cierto, no voy a defender lo indefendible.

      • Mike March 20, 2013 at 1:37 am #

        I agree with all you’ve said apart from the Britian Argentina should talk. The Falklanders have been there for almost as long as the you and the other offspring of the Spanish/Europeon settlers.
        If Argentina wont talk to the population of the Islands then Britian should only talk Spain as both are technically implanted peoples if 200 years counts for nothing.

        That said i think everyone knows the new pope will side with Argentina just like the residents of the Islands would choose to not want to be part of Argentina in the referendum, the difference is he will be more tactful in what he says now.

        Can anyone even picture the new pope suddenly telling all the Argentinians that they are wrong just as hes trying to bring them back into the church’s grasp … i think not.

  2. Fernando March 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    En el parrafo que dice “they lost the Beagle Channel to Chile”, la Republica Argentina convoco a una consulta popular en 1984 para que el pueblo en Democracia aprobara el tratado con chile, en la cual se le daba las islas a la hermana republica de Chile y el mar circundante a Argentina, se refrendo el tratado que la junta militar (1976-1983) se nego a aplicar, el Arbitro formal era el Reino Unido de Gran Bretaña en 1977. El autor tiene una mirada tendenciosa acerca de la historia Argentina y tiende a creer que aqui solo vive gente dispuesta para la guerra y sin historia. El autor no cree en la evolucion de los pueblos y la consolidacion de las formas politicas para un entendimiento mutuo entre las partes.

  3. Bloke March 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    If the new pope tries any bollocks like this the Queen should just send him a signed portrait of Henry VIII.

    It’s like that scene from labyrinth: “you have no power over me”


  4. ptolemy March 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I don’t believe the pope will side with Argentina or the UK. He, the church and Cristina are not great friends, though Cristina will shamelessly try to use him to further her agenda. The government (Argentina) was in the process of dragging him into the past dictatorship trials going on here as a witness, no doubt to smear the churches role in Argentina,.. as it does not fit into the “official model.”

  5. Nico March 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Apparently according to comments “falkland news” some islanders feel rejection manifested by Argentines, however almost every news media outlet that makes this reference to the United Provinces of Rio de la Plata.

    Seem cynical, even the media in use utility for freedom of expression, arbitrary questioning (as in note “Cristina calls for …”) the free expression of Argentina President. In this regard welcome to read American history the “McCarthyism”.

    Does the UN Charter: “The peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war … to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, dignity and worth of the human person … equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small … to establish conditions under which justice can be maintained and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law … In order to practice tolerance and live together in peace as good neighbors. ”

    Historical analysis can be thought that “history is written by the winners” not always adjusted to the truth. In historical accounts that offer news of “Falklands news” often allude to a fact and then reach 1765 to 1832 overlooking the invasions of 1806 and 1807 of the armies of the British Crown to the City of Buenos Aires. In this regard it has been argued as a justification for the omission, at that time, Buenos Aires was under the dominion of the Spanish crown.
    In like manner, the 1982 event flag flying though Argentina was arranged by those who at the time were in de facto occupation of the Argentine government, then Buenos Aires (and throughout Argentina) was under the rule of a totalitarian power not democratically elected by the people’s sovereignty. In this regard see:

    With Roosevelt and Churchill, as well as with the Marshall plan was agreed on the need to give America a separate order, that met the characteristics of the continent, never to incur the vices of European history. At the same time, established the need for disarmament.

    In Eastern philosophy “Carpe Diem” at present, the here, the now.

    Islanders and Argentines, are Americans. Europe (it is also the name of the second moon of Jupiter).

    Enough of rancor and discord, it’s time to socialize.


    • Junius March 23, 2013 at 2:13 am #

      The British attacks of 1806/07 ARE irrelevant!

      • Nico April 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

        ¿irrelevant? Invite you to read more about this war.
        Too much long months, and too much dies. Here in Buenos Aires have monuments at more important battle place.

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