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Cameron 'respectfully' disagrees with pope's Falkland stance

Islanders voted to stay British territory in recent referendum

15 March, 16:55
Cameron 'respectfully' disagrees with pope's Falkland stance (ANSA) - Brussels, March 15 - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that he "respectfully" doesn't agree with the newly elected pontiff's previous comments about the Falkland Islands.

Pope Francis has been quoted as describing the Falkland Islands as Argentine soil that was "usurped" by Britain.

In a recent referendum, Falkland islanders overwhelmingly voted to remain an overseas British territory.

"The Falkland Islanders have spoken so clearly about their future, and now other countries right across the world, I hope, will respect and revere this very, very clear result," Cameron said on Tuesday.

Argentina occupied the islands, which it calls Las Malvinas, in 1982 but Britain retook them after a brief but fierce war.