February 5th, 2012
04:30 AM ET

Chavez, allies call for sanctions against Britain over Falklands

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 things stronger."

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.

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  1. Pete/Ark

    Chavez et al should set a good example by returning thier countries to thier rightful owner...Spain. (Except Brazil which is a colony of Portugal)

    February 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter

    The Brits have no valid argument to keep the Malvinas under control. Perhaps some are right that the British got there first and even encouraged settlements from Argentine, perhaps not. It does not matter: that's not the essential question. Would all of us Americans give up our north eastern territories to the Brits? They were the first Europeans to get here and settled in mass first. They encouraged settlements as well, but hell that we kicked them all their butts pretty hard out of these lands: with their pretty princes and queens, and all that shameful "royal" class. Look where the UK is and where the Malvines are on a map: WHAT THE F...??!! Not to mention: according to UN approved declarations, the UK is the country with most colonial territories in the world.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Laundryman

      Oh.. okay. But you'd better get the removal trucks out to Hawaii, American Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam then eh?

      Quite bitter about pretty kings and queens aren't you? Just remind me, was it the Brits that committed Genocide against the American Indiginous populations, or did that happen after we'd had our butts kicked?

      I would really encourage you to read some History over the subject and not just listen to some of the trash that the Argentines come out with.

      And for your information, The UK has no 'colonies' left in the world. We have a few locations, like the Falkland Islands that are 'Self Governing Overseas Terroitories", Similar to Puerto Rico, and American Virgin Islands, which are owned by... oh yes. The USA. All these territories have the right to self determination and like Puerto Rico and the Falklands they have decided to remain US and British territories, or would you prefer it if they were ethnically cleansed?

      February 6, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Toops

      Well that's completely silly Peter because it would be like asking the U.S to hand Hawaii back to the indigenous polynesians. Your argument that the UK has no rights over it is silly. The Falkanders want to remain under British jurisdiction just like the Hawaiians want to remain under U.S jurisdictional.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Laundryman

    You know what, i actually agree with Chavez on this one, yeah. Maybe he will impose sanctions and STOP SELLING HIS COCAINE TO THE UK!!!!

    February 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AJ

    If Argentina took control of the Falklands, they'd be the coloniser. Britain took control of the islands when they were uninhabited by humans and established a community there. They have been British as long as they have been human. Argentina would be invading British territory and asserting their will over an indigenous British population. The islands are British. That the failed states of South America are happy to rally behind the aggressor Argentina in this upsets me, because it shows that I no longer need to sponsor that wee girl in Ecuador through World Vision. Her government clearly has itself in a great position. I do though pity the Falklands were they to be conquered by South American dictatorships and wind up as abused by Argentina as the Galapagos are by Ecuador.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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