May 25, 2013
Malvinas spot 'not a provocation,' Castro
Argentine ambassador to London, Alicia Castro, assured that the Malvinas Olympic games ad bought by the Government ‘is not a provocation’ and did not mean to offend the memory of First World War British soldiers.
Castro thus spoke about the controversial ad, which features male hockey team captain Fernando Zylberberg training in the Malvinas islands for the upcoming London Olympics.
In an interview with Salta province newspaper El Tribuno, the Ambassador stressed that the ad “is not a provocation” and denied that in the scene in which the athlete is running up stairs that are part of First World War memorial aimed to offend anybody.
“I think that it is pretty obvious that nobody had the intention of offending the memory of First World War British soldiers. It is simply an athlete who used his opportunity to train and ran up the staircase.”
"Furthermore, this has given the British Government the chance to say things that are not related to this particular fact, like saying that Argentina is trying to conceal some stumble it suffered in a summit,” regarding the dialogue claim over Malvinas islands sovereignty.
“In all the summits we have attended we have received wide support. This includes the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Celac, Mercosur, Ibero-American summit, of the Group 77 countries and China and Arab countries we have received more and more support on our Malvinas claim,” Castro concluded.