Alicia Castro

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alicia Castro
Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom (8594323985) (cropped).jpg
Argentine Ambassador to Venezuela
In office
3 July 2006 – 21 December 2011
Preceded by Nilda Garré
Succeeded by Carlos Cheppi
Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
26 January 2012 – 20 January 2016
Preceded by Federico Mirré
Succeeded by Renato Carlos Sersale di Cerisano
Personal details
Born (1949-07-27) 27 July 1949 (age 68)
Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province
Nationality Argentine

Alicia Amalia Castro (born 27 July 1949 in Bahía Blanca) is an Argentine diplomat who served as Argentina's ambassador to the United Kingdom between 2012 and 2016.

Career[edit]

Castro entered politics through the trade union movement, having previously worked as a flight attendant for Aerolíneas Argentinas.[1] She was elected to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in 1997 as a deputy for Buenos Aires Province, and she was subsequently re-elected in 2001.

President Néstor Kirchner appointed Castro as ambassador to Venezuela in July 2006.[2] Amid rising tensions due to the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute, Castro was appointed ambassador to the United Kingdom on 26 January 2012–the position having been left vacant since the retirement of Federico Mirré in 2008 as a symbol of Argentina's disappointment with the British Government's handling of the sovereignty dispute.[2]

The Falklands dispute has dominated Castro's tenure as ambassador to the United Kingdom. On 30 April 2012 she publicly confronted Foreign Secretary William Hague on the matter at the launch of the Foreign Office's annual human rights report.[1] Following the death of Margaret Thatcher, who had been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Falklands War, Castro was invited to attend the funeral on 17 April 2013 but declined the offer.[3] On 21 August 2013, Castro criticised the British Prime Minister David Cameron in a hearing before the Argentine Senate, suggesting that he was "dumb" for issuing a statement on comments made by Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires and "foolish" in his attitude to the Falklands dispute. Castro later clarified that her comments had been taken out of context.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Argentina's UK ambassador ambushes William Hague with questions on the Falklands". The Independent. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Alicia Castro is Argentina's ambassador to London; last posting was Venezuela". MercoPress. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Mason, Rowena (17 April 2013). "Argentine ambassador snubs Lady Thatcher's funeral". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Falklands: Ambassador Castro says comments on PM Cameron were 'taken out of context'". MercoPress. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2015.