President Hugo Chavez delivered a bizarre attack on the Queen when the firebrand Venezuelan leader demanded Britain return the Falkland Islands to Argentina.
Hugo Chavez has asked the Queen to return the Falkland Islands to Argentina
The outspoken Mr Chavez used his weekly television and radio show Alo Presidente to rally Latin America behind the cause of his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner by making a direct appeal to Buckingham Palace.
“Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I’m talking to you,” said Mr Chavez.
“The time for empires are over, haven’t you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people.”
Still addressing the Queen, he went on: “The English are still threatening Argentina. Things have changed. We are no longer in 1982. If conflict breaks out, be sure Argentina will not be alone like it was back then.”