CARACAS, Venezuela: The Caribbean countries of Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St. Vincent & the Grenadines have sided with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) in agreeing to block any ships flying the Falkland Islands flag from docking in their ports.
At the recently held 11thALBA summit, participating heads of state and government from ALBA member countries Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, Ecuador and St. Vincent & the Grenadines approved a special agreement to back Argentina’s call for the restoration of the British overseas territory claimed by Argentina as Las Malvinas to Argentinean sovereignty.
Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, said that it was “time for Latin America to decide sanctions against this mistaken power that pretends to be imperialist and colonialist in the 21st century.
“I think we have to apply more forceful things. We have to talk about sanctions.”
Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chavez, was more forceful, making it clear that Argentina now has friends and won’t be alone if it is once more attacked by Britain.
“If it should occur to the British Empire to attack Argentina militarily, Argentina won’t be alone this time. Venezuela is no power, but we’ve got some weapons and the will to face any imperialist aggression.”
As the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s 1982 invasion nears, tensions continue to rise over the Falklands. UK celebrations for the anniversary of the Falklands War are scheduled to begin May 20.
Britain recently sent to the area HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 air defence destroyer built for the Royal Navy and armed with enough firepower to potentially eliminate all of South America’s fighter aircrafts, let alone those of Argentina. A British nuclear submarine is also reportedly being deployed to the area.
During the ALBA summit, Chavez praised the economic potential of several Caribbean nations including Dominica, with its coffee production, and St Vincent & the Grenadines, with its tourist industry, and agricultural and fishing production. He also referred to ALBA’s decision to maintain Haiti as a permanent guest at their meetings and to have St. Lucia and Suriname as special guest-members.