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.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.