Iván Basterra, from Pichanal, in Salta, placed on a shirt with the phrase “London” on the entrance and the English flag on the again. The councillor was pressured to problem a public apology to Falklands warfare veterans and their households after an image of him carrying the shirt went viral.
Admitting his error of judgement on Fb, he mentioned: “I need to make public my apology for my involuntary lack of respect for all of the heroes who gave their lives to defend our Malvinas Islands.
“My honest apologies, I apologised to the households final night time, however right now I need to do it publicly.”
Mr Basterra mentioned he felt “a variety of disgrace” over his mistake.
He mentioned: “I’d by no means make enjoyable of those that deserve all my admiration and respect.
“It was a mistake to placed on that shirt which I’ve used many occasions with out giving it any specific which means.”
“Individuals who know me know that I’d by no means do one thing like this on objective to insult the nationwide symbols.”
To make his place clear, Mr Basterra resorted to capital letters in his submit: “The error I made doesn’t take away THE PRIDE OF BEING ARGENTINE, I CARRY IT DEEP IN MY HEART”.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tensions over the Falklands in Argentina.
Buenos Aires has mentioned its mission to retake islands “doesn’t solely concern Argentina, but additionally the whole area” because the nation’s authorities reinstate the duty to retake islands as “state coverage”.
Argentina’s Malvinas Secretary Daniel Filmus mentioned: “The Malvinas trigger doesn’t solely concern Argentina, but additionally the whole area.”
“This base by no means has a defensive sense, since Argentina has reiterated that the one solution to recuperate the train of sovereignty is thru peace and dialogue.
“The principle goal of the navy presence is to make sure British entry and management of Antarctica, the bi-oceanic hall between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and to make sure that the UK can proceed to use the pure sources of that whole area.
“The Argentine Overseas Ministry strongly condemned Boris Johnson’s choice to keep up a navy presence within the Islands.”
(Further reporting by Maria Ortega)