Chavez orders Britain to 'give Falklands back'
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez demanded yesterday that Britain return the Falkland Islands to Argentina.
He used his weekly television show 'Alo Presidente' (Hello President) to rally Latin America behind his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Kirchner.
"Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I'm talking to you," said Mr Chavez.
"The time for empires is over, haven't you noticed? If conflict breaks out . . . Argentina will not be alone like it was back then."
Argentine anger is likely to increase after Desire Petroleum, the company that has towed a rig from Scotland to Falkland waters, announced yesterday it had begun drilling.
Argentina is attempting to hamper oil exploration, and insisted last week that all vessels using its ports must now seek permission if they plan to enter or leave British-controlled waters. (© Daily Telegraph, London)