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Britain asks Argentina to clarify comments about 'dumb' Cameron

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain asked Argentina's ambassador to clarify remarks about Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday after she described his handling of a long-running dispute over the contested Falkland Islands as "foolish" and him as "dumb". In the latest twist in an ill-tempered feud between the two countries over the South Atlantic archipelago, Britain's foreign office said it was seeking confirmation of what the ambassador, Alicia Castro, had said.

Argentine diplomat calls Cameron 'dumb' over Falklands flap

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's ambassador to Britain described Prime Minister David Cameron as "dumb" in his handling of the dispute over the Falkland Islands, the latest verbal salvo in the long feud between the two nations that went to war over the South Atlantic archipelago. Ambassador Alicia Castro told lawmakers that Cameron unwisely publicized comments by former Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named pope this year, in which Bergoglio said the islands belonged to Argentina.

Britain rejects involvement of pope in Falklands dispute

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain and a representative of the Falkland Islands on Thursday rejected the idea of Pope Francis intervening in the long-running dispute with Argentina over the islands, which Buenos Aires claims are Argentine territory. In 1982 Britain sent its armed forces to the Falklands to repel an Argentine invasion of the contested South Atlantic archipelago, which Argentina calls Las Malvinas.

Kirchner fires broadside at Britain over Falklands

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has launched a fiery Twitter attack deriding Britain's claim to the Falkland Islands, saying even three-year-old children would know London has no case. After Argentina renewed its call for a negotiated solution at a UN meeting, Kirchner boasted that fellow Latin American nations "support our claims without reservations for historic, documented, geographic reasons and the most basic logic."

Argentines kill British 'terrorists' in Falklands-based game

A local company has created a version of the first-person shooter videogame "Counter Strike" in which Argentine "police" kill British "terrorists" on the Falkland Islands. For centuries, Argentina has claimed the British-controlled, wind-swept South Atlantic archipelago as part of its territory. The islands were at the heart of a bitter 74-day war between the two countries in 1982. This version of the popular online game takes place in an alternate world in which Argentina won the 1982 war, and its police are defending the islands from British "terrorists."

Argentina says Ban must 'wear down' Britain over Falklands

Argentina's foreign minister on Tuesday called on UN leader Ban Ki-Moon to "wear down" British resistance to discussing the Falkland islands. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman slammed a referendum held in the islands this month as "illegal". Britain's UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said however it was "untenable" for Argentina to reject the overwhelming vote in favour of British rule.

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Cameron 'respectfully' disagrees with pope on Falklands

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he "respectfully" disagreed with Argentine-born Pope Francis's assertion that the Falkland Islands belonged to Argentina. Argentine media have quoted the pope, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, as telling reporters in 2011 that the Falklands are "ours". "I don't agree with him, respectfully, obviously," Cameron told reporters in Brussels, pointing to a referendum this month in which 99.8 percent of the islands' inhabitants voted in favour of remaining British.

Cameron says pope is wrong on the Falklands

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - David Cameron said on Friday that Pope Francis had been wrong to say last year that Britain had "usurped" the Falkland Islands from Argentina, saying he respectfully disagreed with the new Pontiff. Argentine media quoted Jorge Bergoglio saying at a mass last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the war over the islands between Britain and Argentina that the territory had been "usurped". In 2010 he was quoted as saying it was "ours".

Argentine leader refuses to bow over Falklands

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, her approval rating plummeting, has refused to recognize the results of a referendum in which the people of the disputed Falkland Islands voted to remain British. The vote in the sparsely populated South Atlantic archipelago that triggered a war between the two nations in 1982 was a "parody," she said. Even the United States, Britain's firmest ally, acknowledged Argentina's claim.
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