Pope Francis photographed with sign calling for Falklands dialogue

20th August 2015, Comments 0 comments

Pope Francis was drawn into the long-running debate over the Falkland Islands on Wednesday, when he was photographed holding a sign calling for dialogue on the islands' future.

The photo, taken at his weekly general audience in the Vatican, gained widespread attention in the South American press and was later tweeted, without additional comment, by Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner.

It was not clear whether the pontiff deliberately picked up the sign, reading in Spanish: "It's time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom on the Falklands," or whether it was thrust into his hands.

Argentina and Britain fought a war over the disputed South Atlantic archipelago in 1982, ending with Argentina's surrender after the death of 649 Argentines and 255 British troops.

London has ignored a UN resolution urging dialogue over islands.

In 2013, Kirchner asked Francis, who is Argentinian, to intervene to promote a dialogue between the countries.

© 2015 AFP

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