Argentine Foreign Minister refuses to apologise for Falklands Islands Olympic advert

   May 7, 12:30 pm

Buenos Aires, May 7 (ANI): Argentina's Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, has refused to apologise for the advert that shows Olympic hopeful Fernando Zylberberg training on "Argentine soil" in the Falkland Islands.

He rather launched an attack on UK Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond, saying, "Mr. Hammond should know that the world is safer when we use our creativity, rather than bomb civilians in sovereign countries."

The advert shows Zylberberg, an Argentine hockey player, preparing in Stanley for the upcoming Olympics, followed by a slogan "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil."

Despite a request from WPP, the British agency, of pulling the advert, to the Argentinean Young and Rubicam, responsible for creating the advert, the Argentine government has said that they will continue to broadcast it.

According to The Telegraph, Timerman, who took Argentina's sovereignty claim to the Falklands to the UN, has criticised Britain's "militarisation" of the South Atlantic, and added that Hammond is an "adversary of whom to be fearful".

"I imagine that, since he assumed his role as Defence Secretary, Mr Hammond has been so busy controlling the many British soldiers at war that he has not had time to read Margaret Atwood, born in one of his," he said.

Martin Mercado, Creative Director of Y and R Argentina, claimed that now the agency cannot ask for the advert to be pulled as it belonged to the Argentine government.

"The idea was that an Argentine athlete went to train on what, for us, is Argentine soil," he said. (ANI)

ICC questioning Ajmal's bowling action unfair, untimely: Mahmood Aug 27, 5:38 pm
Karachi, Aug 27 (ANI): Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has raised questions over the timing of the decision to refer Saeed Ajmal for a suspect bowling action.
Full Story
Andy Murray's mum admits to lying about signing up for 'Strictly Come Dancing' Aug 27, 5:13 pm
London, Aug 27 (ANI): Judy Murray has revealed that she lied to her "mortified" son Andy Murray about signing up for BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
Full Story
Liverpool's new boy Mario Balotelli enjoys 'afternoon teas' at England Aug 27, 5:13 pm
London, Aug 27 (ANI): Liverpool's new boy Mario Balotelli is reportedly enjoying afternoon teas, as he is trying to settle back his life in England.
Full Story
Alec Baldwin 'casually' catches stray tennis ball at US Open Aug 27, 5:13 pm
Melbourne, Aug 27 (ANI): Alec Baldwin, who was recently spotted at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium watching Maria Sharapova vs. Maria Kirilenko US Open match, casually caught a stray ball at the event.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY