The Argentine Catholic Church supports the country’s claim over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands but also called on the Executive and the rest of the Argentine leadership not to use the Malvinas issue with a political purpose.
“This is a matter of state and not only of the government, so nobody not even the ruling coalition or the position, should take advantage of such a delicate situation which makes to the future of all Argentines”, said the head of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, CEA, Jose Maria Arancedo, that represents almost a hundred bishops in Argentina.
“I heard the President’s address (last Tuesday) and how important it is that we give peace a chance,” Arancedo told reporters. “Therefore, I believe that both the call for sovereignty claim and the diplomatic path chosen to pursue it are a step in the right direction.”
The statements of the Archbishop of Santa Fe, who succeeded Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as head of the Argentine Church, come at a time of escalating diplomatic tensions between the UK and Argentina on the verge of the 30th anniversary of the armed conflict between the two countries.
Arancedo did not enter into details of the ‘UK militarization’ claims (including nuclear arms) which Argentine launched this week however he insisted that the “correct path” in international forums “can be long and tiresome”, but nothing turns from black to white overnight but “it is always important to be able to walk and advance”.
Likewise the Latin American Jewish council sent a letter to Foreign Affaire minister Hector Timerman saying it expects the conflict to be solved through negotiations. Similarly the Evangelic Baptist convention informed Timerman it was praying so that the UK can be convinced to recognize the Argentine sovereignty over the Malvians, and the Evangelic Methodists rejected the growing ‘militarization’ of the Malvinas Islands by the UK and “any war possibility” from the Argentine government. It also called on the British Methodists to intercede in the help of a fair solution.
But political sources quoted in the Buenos Aires media also argued that the current escalation of the conflict helps the administration of President Cristina Fernandez to minimize the impact of the progressive annulment of subsidies to public utilities (such as drinking water, energy, gas and …inflation.