Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has asked Venezuala’s ambassador to explain president Hugo Chavez’ claims that the Netherlands is allowing the United States to use three Dutch Antillean islands to prepare a possible military attack against his country.
‘There is no question of imperialism or any aggression whatsoever,’ news agency ANP reported Verhagen as saying.
Chavez claims the US has sent intelligence agents, war ships and spy planes to the Dutch Carribean islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.
‘They are three islands in Venezuela’s territorial waters, but they are still under an imperial regime: the Netherlands,’ Chavez was reported as saying during a speech at the climate change conference in Denmark.
The islands have given the Americans access to civilian airfields on the island, but that is in connection with anti-drugs campaigns, news agency ANP said.
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