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Chavez Tells Blair to Return Falkland Islands to Argentina


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has made another verbal attack on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, saying he should return the Falkland Islands to Argentina.

Mr. Chavez has strongly criticized the British leader for saying that Venezuela should respect the rules of the international community. Mr. Blair made the comment Wednesday in the British parliament.

Mr. Chavez said Thursday it was Britain that has violated international law by joining the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He also accused Britain of "stealing" the Falkland Islands from Argentina, and called on Mr. Blair to give them back.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, and invaded the territory in 1982, triggering a three-month war with Britain in which hundreds were killed on both sides. Britain repelled the invasion, and continues to control the island chain.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.
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