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Chavez warns US to keep off latin America

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warns US against an attempt to invade any Latin American country.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 13:01 IST

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned that if the US government were to attempt an invasion of any Latin American country, "revolutionaries" from across the region would join forces to battle US forces.

Despite Washington's repeated denials of any such plans, Chavez insists his country and others must be on guard to face any possible US military intervention.

Chavez said the US government "should know that if it wants or someday decides... to invade any of our countries -- be it Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, today, tomorrow or the next day -- we would be there gathering together the revolutionaries to do battle with weapons in hand against US imperialism."

He made the remark at a ceremony where officials signed a deal for Venezuela to sell fuel under preferential terms to cities in El Salvador governed by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party, which in the 1980s was a rebel group battling US-backed troops.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 13:01 IST