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Venezuela: 'Expel U.S. ambassador' threat

April 10, 2006 at 2:45 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela, April 10 (UPI) -- As tensions between Venezuela and the Bush administration increase, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias is threatening to expel the U.S. ambassador.

EFE news agency on April 9 quoted Chavez as saying that he would expel U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield "if he insists" on provoking "the Venezuelan people. If you are going to continue agitating, go on and pack your bags because I'm going to throw you out of here, Ambassador Brownfield. I'm going to throw you out of Venezuela if you keep provoking the Venezuelan people. You're going to have to leave."

Chavez made the remarks on his national Sunday radio and television show "Alo, Presidente!"

Chavez told his audience that his government would issue an "equal" response if Washington "takes any measures against Venezuela motivated ... (by) Brownfield's provocations."

In an oblique reference to Brownfield's security detail Chavez cautioned: "You could -- with your imprudence and your provocations -- one of these days (will) cause a serious incident because ... (you) go around with armed people."

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