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Argentina and Chile pay homage to John Paul II for his 1984 peace treaty

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 09:44 UTC
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Pope John Paul II pleaded and convinced Videla and Pinochet to desist from war  Pope John Paul II pleaded and convinced Videla and Pinochet to desist from war

Argentina’ Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman and his Chilean peer Alfredo Moreno will lead next Monday in the Vatican homage to John Paul II for his 1978 successful mediation in preventing a full fledged armed conflict between the two neighbouring countries.

The tribute is in the framework of John Paul II beatification and delegations from both countries will recall the Pope’s mediation in the Argentine-Chilean conflict over the Beagle channel and adjoining islands in the extreme south of the continent, points out a release from Buenos Aires.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Casina Pio IV, seat of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, where three decades ago most of the bilateral negotiations took place and which concluded with the Peace and Friendship Treaty both countries signed in the Vatican November 1984 and ratified the following May 2.

Back in 1978 when Argentina and Chile were under military rule (a military Junta headed by Jorge Videla, and Augusto Pinochet), John Paul II impeded the launching of an imminent war over the possession of the Picton, Lenox and New islands, along the Beagle Channel, and which following the mediation were confirmed as Chilean territory.

In November 2009 Argentine president Cristina Fernandez and Chile’s leader Michelle Bachelet during a ceremony in southern Patagonia, where the tanks were supposed to roll across the border, inaugurated a commemorative plaque on the 25th anniversary of the peace and friendship treaty.

Timerman and Jose Pampuro, president of the Argentine Senate will be attending Sunday in the Vatican John Paul’s beatification ceremonies.


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  • xbarilox

    “Timerman and Jose Pampuro, president of the Argentine Senate will be attending Sunday in the Vatican John Paul’s beatification ceremonies.” hahaa what a bad joke haha hypocrites again and again. Timerman is not even a Christian and he is actually an atheist, José Pampurro is an atheist too and they have the same thoughts as Hebe de Bonafini who once said that John Paul II deserves hell and that she was happy thinking that John Paul II was burning in hell, that same day she was laughing at the Twin Towers and saying that she was in Cuba visiting her daughter and she was happy that those people who died were rich people and deserve to die. That woman Hebe de Bonafini and her friends, supported by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, defecated all over the altar of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires in 2008. How can John Paul II be in hell and at the same time be in heaven? Where is he?

    Apr 30th, 2011 - 05:02 pm 0
  • GeoffWard

    Timerman and Moreno do not need to be believers in a god to speak to the Pope.

    As I understand it they are just on a trip, around election time, to say thanks to the pontif for saving them from themselves.

    It is naughty of you, Xbox, to link the visit to comment on the excesses and excrescences of HdeB.

    All they are looking for is votes for CFK, and you mess it up with this incoherent mixture of extreme, anti-right, anti-religious sentiment.

    How will anybody understand the central message - that a vote for CFK is a vote for heaven, everlasting life, Apple Pie and the Argentinan Way.

    Shame on you for being so thoughtless.

    May 01st, 2011 - 10:36 am 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    I see Mercpress was attentively reading our comment on “Argentina will limit farm land holdings and purchases by foreigners”.

    I would ignore xbarilox if I were you Geoff, he's a disturbed Chilean with a lot of mental problems.

    May 01st, 2011 - 09:10 pm 0
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