1 Venezuela threatens Britain over Falklands as its president vows to side with Argentina
The Ecuadorian president is calling for sanctions against Britain for its
long-running dispute with Argentina over who owns the Falkland Islands.
President Rafael Correa urged tougher measures, accusing Britain of refusing
to negotiate with Argentina about the disputed archipelago that has sparked
diplomatic wrangling between the two nations for decades.
"It is time that Latin America decides on sanctions against that misplaced
power that intends to be imperial and colonialist in the 21 Century," Correa
said at a meeting of the ALBA bloc on Saturday. "I believe that we should go to
ALBA, or Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, is made up of
various nations, including Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Argentina and Britain went to war over the archipelago in 1982, and their
leaders have exchanged bitter war of words in recent weeks, reviving memories of
the conflict.The dispute escalated recently after Prince William, a Royal air force pilot,
was deployed to the islands Argentina calls Islas Malvinas.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who also attended the meeting held in his
nation, joined other leaders in approving a resolution favoring Argentina in the
Latin America leaders should study what sanctions should be applied to
Britain, Chavez said at the meeting."In this case I speak only for Venezuela, but if the British empire should
militarily attack Argentina, Argentina will not be alone in this occasion."
Chavez said. "Venezuela is not most powerful, but we will resist the imperialist
aggression against sister countries."Despite regular challenges, including the 1982 conflict, Britain's control
has endured and the Falklands' current 2,500 inhabitants look to London to
safeguard oil, fishing, farming and tourism incomes.Britain acknowledges its claim to the Falklands is disputed, but has no
intention of discussing the sovereignty issue, according to Professor Clive
Schofield, an expert in maritime territorial disputes at Australia's University