Sean Penn calls UK “ludicrous” and “colonialist” over Falklands

Actor and UN ambassador stokes row as 30th anniversary of war approaches

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Actor/director Sean Penn has joined the increasingly fraught debate over the Falkland Islands, calling for talks between the UK and Argentina over what Penn referred to as “the Malvinas islands of Argentina”.

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Visiting Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in his capacity as UN ambassador at large for Haiti, Penn said he hoped “that diplomats can establish true dialogue in order to solve the conflict. It’s necessary that these diplomatic talks happen between the UK and Argentina”. 

Fernández de Kirchner has accused the UK of ramping up its military presence in the area as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches.

Penn’s words aimed at the UK aren’t likely to calm the situation: “The world today is not going to tolerate any kind of ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology,” he said.

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Tensions between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands have recently been exacerbated not just by the arrival in the area of HMS Dauntless, but by Prince William starting a tour of duty in the Falklands and by Argentina’s dock workers’ union announcing their intention to boycott British ships.