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Chavez threatens US envoy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned he would expel the US envoy if he continued 'provoking' problems.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 10:50 IST

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned that he would expel the US ambassador if he continued "provoking" problems.

"If you continue provoking us, go prepare your bags because I'm going to throw you out of here," Chavez warned US Ambassador William Brownfield during a nationally televised speech.

Chavez's comments come after Washington protested an incident in which pro-government protesters pelted Brownfield's car with eggs and tomatoes last week.

The State Department has warned of "severe diplomatic consequence" if a similar incident repeats itself.

Venezuela condemned the incident but has suggested Brownfield is partially responsible for failing to advise authorities of his plans in order to avert such problems.