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Login with Facebook Hague condemns Argentinian Falklands Olympic ad

London condemned an Argentine government advertisement Friday showing an Olympic hopeful training on a British war memorial in the Falklands, as the agency behind the ad urged Buenos Aires to pull it.

Foreign Secretary William Hague branded the clip a "stunt" and accused Argentina of trying to exploit the 2012 London Olympics for political purposes, while Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond called it "tasteless" and "insulting".

The ad was aired on Argentine television amid high tensions between the two countries as they both mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war over the British-held islands.

It shows Argentina hockey captain Fernando Zylberberg running through the Falklands capital Stanley, and exercising on the town's Great War Memorial, which honours British sailors who died in World War I.

The ad carries the tagline: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentinian soil." Read More