Pope will not support Argentina over the Falklands

24 Mar

The new Pope will not support Argentina’s claim in its dispute with the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands.

Last week Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, met with Pope Francis following his election and asked that he use his good offices to persuade the UK to negotiate over the archipelago’s sovereignty. The Pope’s reply at that time is unknown, but the Vatican has now confirmed that the Pope will not get involved. pope_francis

On Sunday, Nigel Baker, the UK ambassador to the Holy See, said he had received assurances from Vatican officials that the Vatican’s policy of non-intervention remained unchanged. “Following Mrs Kirchner’s visit to the Pope and her decision to use it as a platform, I thought it worth talking to Vatican officials to see if the Vatican would respond to the request for mediation,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“They reminded me of the Vatican’s long-held position that this is a matter for sovereign states. There was no sense of them following through on Mrs Kirchner’s request, and there was a confirmation that their position had not changed.”

Pope Francis is Argentine by birth and as recently as last year was known to support his Government’s claim to Britain’s South Atlantic islands. The UK’s Government maintains that it has no doubts about its sovereignty over the Falklands and has declined any talks on the subject since Argentina’s failed invasion of 1982.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, drew criticism from Argentina when he compared the recent referendum on the Islands, to the “puff of white smoke” that heralded the new Pope’s election.

Britain’s claim to the Falkland Island goes back to 1765, long before what is now Argentina sought its independence from Spain.


8 Responses to “Pope will not support Argentina over the Falklands”

  1. Bongo March 25, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Another failure on the part of Argentina. Cue the tumultuous yawns of surprise.

  2. Anomalous March 25, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Pope Francis knows that CFK is trying to use him as a pawn and he is not inclined to let the Church be abused for petty political causes.

    When he attended the service for the fallen last year, he may have said what he did, but you would not expect him to say any different seeing as the congregation were ardent malvinistas.

    If the press articles are true, then this Pope is a reluctant one. he did not expect to be elected, but does believe it is divine will. He has a strong belief, a Catholic belief, that many people are being made poor, to make them indebted and obliged to serve the whims of their political and commercial masters.

    He hates socialism as much as he hates those people who cause more poverty than is necessary for man (as part of the fall from grace), but believes that the Church can show the way, the light, by working hard, to save, to aid the community and to build something worthwhile.

    What strikes me most though is that the Falkland Islanders are just such a community. They work hard together for the betterment of everyone. No-one is truly poor, because there is always enough work, enough food and enough friendship. In many ways, the lack of physical greed or avarice is one of the reasons why there is so little crime in the Falklands. Everyone works hard to earn the basics and no-one is left out. The strong sense of community means that if someone is in need, the others would know and assist.

    If anything, the Falkland Islands are closer to be the perfect community that the Pope would promote. It seems to me that if the Pope were ever to come to Argentina, then the Falkland Islanders (although not Catholic) ought to invite him to come to the Islands and see for himself what they have done to live in harmony.

    It’s unlikely that the Pope would get any converts and he may be seen by some as previously supporting a regime that sought to obtain the sovereignty by invasion or aggressive tactics, but if the Argentine people recognised the Islanders and the Islander’s rights, then this would go a long way to helping build the bridges that would give jobs to Argentines, Uruguayans, Chileans and Falkland Islanders alike.

    The Pope’s twitter handle is @Pontifex. The Pope is described as a bridge to God, the representative of the Church & God on Earth. Maybe he can build a bridge by allowing the Argentines to accept that the Falkland Islanders want to live their lives free of control by Buenos Aires. That they want to live in peace, in their community, run by their people & not by an unfriendly and aggressive neighbour.

    Wishful thinking.

  3. Argentina (@devolverislas) March 26, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    It is not necessary for Bergoglio to intervene now that he is Pope Francis. His previous statements alone lend considerable moral support to Argentina’s cause. In Rome CFK pulled off a public relations coup which eclipsed the fading aurora of the referendum on the islands.

    • Junius March 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      You also live in a fantasy world!

    • Mike March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      just out of interest what was the coup she pulled off as i must have missed that
      – no im not trying to be rude, everything at the time in the papers, news and online that i saw was all about the new pope and nothing about what she was up to so genuinly interested.

  4. Mike March 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Wow, i honestly thought with what he said before he would keep the stupid hardline stance. The bloke might actually turn round catholism and its decline if hes prepared to put the church before his own beliefs.

    Looks like him and Argentinas dictator arent going to be friends any time soon

    • Anomalous March 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      It certainly looked as if the new Pope had been brainwashed along with all the other Argentine children when he made those statements just last year, but you would not expect him to say any different given the nature of his congregation.

      What does impress me though is that even if the interview that was touted by the Salford Diocese was faked, we do know that he cares very much about the poor and the people causing the poverty. Specifically CFK. He may have extended courtesies to allow her the first visit after he was named Pope, but I am sure that he will be even more critical of her policies of robbing the poor to expand her bank balance.

      Whilst he may have nationalistic feelings about the Falklands, he will spend far more time criticising those socialist governments that are causing the problems. Now that Chavez is gone, the Catholic church will be able to use its influence to make some serious changes in politics of the poor. The Falklands was always a side show used to distract the public from economic incompetence. If the politicians are required to spend more time dealing with the causes of poverty, then they will have less time to moan at the UN about colonialism.

      I also believe that supporting the native Americans to restore their lands to their ownership, will also force the Argentine Government to focus on domestic issues. It will be very embarrassing for the Argentines to be on the receiving end of withering criticism by the native Americans for the genocide and land grabs over the past 100 years and far more relevant & recent that the Falklands.

  5. Peter O'enya March 27, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Can someone explain to me why we need an old argentinian dude in a dress to preside over a one sided argument into Argentina’s desires for territorial expansionism?

    The logic isn’t very forthcoming.

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