CARACAS, Wednesday November 09, 2005 | Update
Venezuelan Vice-President José Vicente Rangel rebutted
Wednesday an agreement reached by Eastern Caribbean rulers
to condemn formally the Venezuelan claim the waters surrounding
Aves Island, and hinted that the United State is possibly
behind the action.
"Venezuela has been exercising sovereignty since about 1800. I think that the empire's long arm is involved in this mobilization around Aves Island," Rangel said.
The action will help "to prove (...) if we have a truly Venezuelan opposition or a transnational opposition."
"It is possible that they take sides with those who deny Venezuelan sovereignty on Aves Island," the senior official added.
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.