Sean Penn accuses Britain of 'colonialism' over Falklands
Published 14/02/2012 | 08:04
SEAN Penn has accused Britain of colonialism and urged the government to open negotiations with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.
At a meeting with Argentine president Cristina Kirchner, the Left-wing Hollywood actor referred to the islands "the Malvinas Islands of Argentina" and said Britain should entered into a UN-sponsored dialogue over their sovereignty.
"The world today is not going to tolerate any ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology," he said during the meeting in Buenos Aires.
“I know I came in a very sensitive moment in terms of diplomacy between Argentina and the UK over the Malvinas islands.
"And I hope that diplomats can establish true dialogue in order to solve the conflict as the world today cannot tolerate ridiculous demonstrations of colonialism.
"The way of dialogue is the only way to achieve a better solution for both nations,” he said, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.
The Oscar-nominated Penn has long been a friend of South American nationalism, visiting both Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Cuba's
The British government has consistently refused to take part in any negotiations over the status of the islands, saying that they will remain a British territory as long a majority of the 3,000 islanders wish them to.
Last week, Argentina submitted a formal complaint to the UN, accusing Britain of "militarising" the South Atlantic by sending HMS Dauntless, the Royal Navy's most advanced ship, to the region.
Tensions between the two nations are running high as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches.