David Cameron slammed for Britain’s colonial ‘stupidity’
Published 17/06/2011 | 16:59
The Argentine president has slammed British premier David Cameron for what she called an expression of "mediocrity and stupidity".
The response came after Mr Cameron told the House of Commons on Wednesday: "I would say this: as long as the Falkland Islands want to be sovereign British territory, they should remain sovereign British territory - full stop, end of story."
President Cristina Kirchner has insisted Argentina and Britain should negotiate over the South Atlantic islands, which the two countries fought a 10-week war over in 1982.
Addressing Mr Cameron's stance, she said: "In the 21st century (Britain) continues to be a crude colonial power in decline."
She branded Mr Cameron "arrogant" and said his remarks were an expression of "mediocrity and stupidity".
Mr Cameron's remarks come as a Falkland Islander, whose father helped British forces fight Argentina during the 1982, war gave up his British passport for an Argentine national identity card in the first case of its kind.
James Peck, 43, an artist who has lived in Buenos Aires with his Argentine wife since 2006, was personally given the document by President Cristina Kirchner.