Queen Elizabeth and the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron decided not to attend the inauguration mass of Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basil last Tuesday.
Among the 130 delegations, UK royal family was represented by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Government by Cabinet Ministers Baroness Warsi and Kenneth Clarke.
Lady Warsi said that the decision over British representation “was not taken lightly”, but only after many consultations.
Few days before, the England Prime Minister, made a statement about the new Pope position over the Falklands case.
The controversy is due to a Pope declaration of the 2012, when he said that the Atlantic islands, Malvinas for the Argentineans, are territory of Buenos Aires and not British.
Cameron said: “I don’t agree with him, respectfully,” and referring to the referendum held two weeks ago added: “The white smoke on the Falklands was pretty clear.”
The meeting between Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner and the new Pope on Monday has been seen as a further interference between the two countries.
Recently, Argentinian President depicted the citizens currently living in the islands as “squatters”, illegally settled there since the 1833 British colonization.
Furthermore, Francis I, when he was Buenos Aires archbishop in the early eighties, said that the islands were part of Argentina and also led the remembrance ceremonies for the soldiers died during the short war.
The Holy See said in a statement the meeting was “private and informal” rejecting any UK government concerns over a possible Pontiff’s intervention in favour of Argentina.
In the meantime, lady Warsi, Minister for faith and communities, said that the Holy See is aware of the fact that the dispute is between UK and Argentina, adding she is “confident” that the Vatican position will not change.