February 13, 2010

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina was anticipating Monday to broaden regional support in its escalating row with Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands after winning immediate backing from Venezuela and Nicaragua.

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After losing a short but bloody war over the south Atlantic islands with Britain in 1982, Argentina is furious that the British are about to begin oil drilling operations in the potentially rich seabed around the archipelago.

Argentina escalated the row last week by ordering all ships heading to the Falklands through its waters to first seek permission from Buenos Aires before appealing to other regional powers to follow suit.

On Sunday Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana took the Argentine case to the Rio Group of Latin American and Caribbean nations, gathering for a two-day meeting in Cancun.


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