Hollywood actor slams 'Colonialist' UK
abna news agency , 16 Feb 2012 13:25
On Monday, in a meeting with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in Buenos Aires, he referred to the disputed islands as "the Malvinas Islands of Argentina".
Bfnews: "I think that the world today is not going to tolerate any kind of ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology," said the Oscar-winning actor.
Today, speaking in Uruguay having met President Jose Mujica in Montevideo, Penn repeated his criticisms against the UK and regarded the deployment of the Duke of Cambridge Prince William to the region as "unthinkable".
“There are many places to deploy the prince. It's not necessary, when the deployment of a prince is generally accompanied by warships, to send them into the seas of such shared blood," he added.
However, a Tory MP Patrick Mercer strongly criticized Penn’s remarks over the issue, saying, “What on earth has this got to do with Sean Penn? He's neither British nor Argentine and seems to know nothing about the situation judging by this moronic statement.”
Seeking to resolve the issue through diplomacy, Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman submitted an official complaint to the UN Security Council against Britain “militarizing” the South Atlantic.
Nevertheless, Britain's ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant said the UK government would hold talks with Buenos Aires on any issue except the islands’ sovereignty.
Meanwhile, members of UK Defense Select Committee are expected to travel to the islands next month in order to visit Britain’s military installations that include a garrison of over 1000 troops.
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