Venezuela support for Argentina in its conflict with Britain over the Falkland Islands has been reaffirmed.
SV Argentine ambassador to Venezuela, Juan Aguirre Lanari, speaking in Spanish
GVs EXTERIOR Ships in Caracas harbour (with voice overlay)
SV Spokesman for Portworkers' Union, Marcelino Lopez, speaking in Spanish
SV Venezuela flag on ship's masthead PULL OUT TO GV ship (2 shots)
GV PAN Harbour with dock facilities and ships at berths (2 shots)
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Background: Venezuela support for Argentina in its conflict with Britain over the Falkland Islands has been reaffirmed. A spokesman for the Venezuelan Port-workers' Union, Marcelino Lopez, speaking in Caracas on Thursday (6 May), has said that his workers intend to adhere strictly to a boycott of British ships. The Venezuelan Dockworkers' Federation decided to impose a selective boycott on British goods on April 24, three weeks after the Argentine capture of the Falkland Islands. Mr Marcelino Lopez reaffirmed that Venezuelan portworkers are not prepared to handle British cargo of any kind until a ceasefire has been implemented. The Argentine ambassador in Caracas, Juan Aguirre, also speaking on Thursday (6 May), said that the Venezuelan people were supporting his movement because they were well-informed. If all the people of the world were so well-informed, he continued, they would be aware of the justice of Argentine claims. Mr. Lanari referred to the attempts to reach a diplomatic settlement of the from portworkers' action Venezuela has shelved a 250 million in Caracas is also studying an Argentine, has French-built Mirage jets.