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Argentina responds to Falklands ad

The Argentine Olympic Committee has responded for the first time to an advert on state-run TV that links a dispute with Britain about the Falkland Islands to the London Games.

Olympic committee president Gerardo Werthein said that using the Games as a platform for "political gestures" is not acceptable but defended the right to freedom of speech for his athletes.

The IOC denounced the advert last week, saying the Olympics should "not be a forum" for political issues.

In her first public statement on the issue, Argentina President Cristina Fernandez defended it on Monday and said "creativity cannot be censored".

The advert first ran last week and is still being shown on state-run TV.