Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Falklands 'belong to Argentina'

Morrissey has told a crowd in Argentina that the Falkland Islands 'belong to you'

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has waded into the row over the Falkland Islands telling the audience at an Argentinian gig that they "belong to you".

The singer, who counts Prime Minister David Cameron among his fans, made the remarks during a concert in Cordoba, Argentina.

He said: "You know of course the Malvinas Islands, everybody knows they belong to Argentina so please do not blame the British people, we know the islands belong to you".

He is the latest in a line of celebrities to voice their opinion amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the islands, which led to the two nations going to war in 1982.

Earlier this week, former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters said the islands should belong to Argentina, according to a TV presenter who interviewed him.

Chilean host Amaro Gomez-Pablos claimed 68-year-old Waters made the comments in an interview.

Waters has taken a strong anti-war stance for many years and aired his opposition to the Falklands War in Floyd's 1983 album The Final Cut.

Gomez-Pablos - an anchor for Chile's public broadcaster TVN - said Waters told him: "The Falklands are Argentinian."

Last week, US actor and director Sean Penn aired his views on the subject.

Morrissey has consistently courted controversy throughout his career criticising fellow singers and including a track called Margaret on the Guillotine - in which he mused about the execution of Baroness Thatcher - on his solo debut album in 1988.

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