Chavez orders army to prepare for Colombia war against 'US mistake'

"Don't make a mistake, Mr Obama, by ordering an attack against Venezuela by way of Colombia," Chavez said.

Chavez orders army to prepare for Colombia war against 'US mistake'

President Hugo Chavez ordered Venezuela's military on Sunday to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying the country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbours.

"The best way to avoid war is preparing for it," Chavez told military officers standing at attention during his weekly television and radio programme.

Repeating an often-used military adage, he added, "If you want peace, prepare for war."

Chavez told his supporters that President Barack Obama holds sway over Colombia's government, and he cautioned the US leader against using his allies in Bogota to mount a military offensive against Venezuela.

"Don't make a mistake, Mr Obama, by ordering an attack against Venezuela by way of Colombia," he said.

The former commander voiced concern over an agreement between Bogota and Washington giving the American military personnel more access to Colombia's military bases through a 10-year lease agreement.

Chavez also reiterated his fear that US soldiers could use the bases as launching pads for an attack on his country to seize control of its immense oil reserves.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe rejected Chavez's remarks.

Colombia said on Sunday it will appeal to the U.N. Security Council and the OAS.

"Considering the threats of war enunciated by the government of Venezuela, the government of Colombia proposes going to the Organization of American States and the Security Council of the United Nations," the statement said.


Agencies

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