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Friday February 17, 2012

Sean Penn Meets with Pres. Fernandez Kirchner, Agrees Falkland Islands Belong to Argentina

Sean Penn Meets with Pres. Fernandez Kirchner, Agrees Falkland Islands Belong to Argentina

Photo: Sean Penn met with Pres. Fernandez Kirchner, discussed Falkland Islands

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After meeting with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Buenos Aires, actor Sean Penn spoke with reporters about Argentina’s ongoing dispute with Britain over the Falklands Islands, which he referred to as “the Malvinas Islands of Argentina”.

This year marks the 30-year anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, in which Argentina and the United Kingdom fought over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands as well as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The islands, which sit off the southeast coast of Argentina in the South Atlantic, were invaded by Argentine forces in April 1982. In response, British naval forces were dispatched to intercept the Argentineans.

Since the 19th century, Argentina has claimed that the islands are their territory, and have made it clear that they have no intention of giving up their claim.

Penn has recently involved himself in the politics of Latin America, including being offered an ambassadorship by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, which the U.S. rejected. For a Huffington Post editorial in the summer of 2011, in which he defended Chavez, Penn was criticized by both politicians and celebrities. Ozzie Guillen called him a clown and after spotting him in an airport, Cuban actress Maria Conchita Alonso ripped into him for his support of Chavez, even calling him a “communist a**hole.”

Watch the American actor’s below. (Credit to The Guardian.)