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Prime Minister David Cameron has said Pope Francis was wrong when he said last year Britain had "usurped" the Falkland Islands from Argentina.
Mr Cameron said the recent pro-British result of the referendum on the Islands' future had sent "a message to everyone in the world", including the former archbishop of Buenos Aires.
"I disagree with him, respectfully," he said in reference to the new pope, joking: "The white smoke over the Falklands was pretty clear."
Pope Francis once told Argentine veterans that those who were killed in the Falkland Islands conflict were "reclaiming what is theirs" and branded Britain as "usurpers", according to the Daily Telegraph.
Jorge Bergoglio, the then Buenos Aires Cardinal, told a Mass on April 2 last year: "We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the homeland who set out to defend his mother, the homeland, to claim the country that is theirs and they were usurped.
He added: "Many young people were there and could not return.
"Others returned but none could forget. Many scars, many families destroyed by permanent absence or a return cut short. The country needs to remember them all."