Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the Argentine president, appealed to Pope Francis on Monday to intervene in the diplomatic war over the Falkland Islands, as she condemned the “British militarisation of the South Atlantic”.
She became the first foreign head of state to meet the Pope, a fellow Argentine, when she was granted a private audience in the Vatican a day before his papacy is formally inaugurated.
“I asked for his intervention to promote dialogue between the two sides and to avoid problems that could arise from the British militarisation of the South Atlantic,” she said at a press conference in Rome. “We want a dialogue and that’s why we asked the Pope to intervene so that the dialogue is successful.”
She referred to the diplomatic confrontation as “the question of the Malvinas”, noting that Pope John Paul II had mediated in a conflict between Argentina and Chile in 1978.
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