Category: World / March 15, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday (March 15) that Pope Francis had been wrong to say that Britain had "usurped" the Falkland Islands from Argentina.
Argentine media quoted Pope Francis as 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".
When asked whether he agreed with the former archbishop of Buenos Aires on the issue, Cameron told a news conference in Brussels, that he disagreed.
"Well, I don't agree with him, respectfully, obviously, I would make two points, first of all there was a pretty extraordinarily clear referendum in the Falkland islands and I think that is a message to everyone in the world, that the people of those islands have very clearly chosen the future they want, and that choice should be respected by everyone, as it were, the white smoke over the Falklands was pretty clear," Cameron said, jokingly referring to the signal over the Sistine Chapel that announces the successful election of a new pope.
Argentina, 300 miles to the west of the Falklands, has claimed the South Atlantic archipelago for almost 200 years and in 1982 invaded the islands only to be repelled in a 74-day war with Britain.
Video source: Reuters