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The Latin American and Caribbean Unity Summit voiced today its support for Argentina's claim over the sovereignty of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands, and rejected Great Britain's oil explorations in this archipelago of the South Atlantic.

  "I thank on behalf of our Government and my people the support this meeting has thrown behind our claims", stressed Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez when she spoke at the regional plenary.

Fernandez said her country will continue its efforts to make London observe all the resolutions reaffirming Argentina's  sovereignty over the southern archipelago that were forcibly taken from the South American country in 1833.

Speakers in the first session of the Unity Summit that brought together Heads of State and Government and high-ranking delegations from the region's 33 countries conveyed their solidarity with Buenos Aires following Great Britain's unilateral decision to carry out oil explorations in the area.

"That is one of the clearest demonstrations of neo-colonialism", said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, while Bolivian President Evo Morales called Argentina's claim rightful.

The host president, Felipe Calderon, advanced that the Unity Summit will pass two documents which will back Argentina's legitimate rights over the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands.

The Summit's main objective is to pave the way for the creation of a regional organization, an integration process on which foreign ministers and experts have working on.

Source: PL

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