Venezuela's Chavez 'to break Colombia ties'

Venezuela's President said he was preparing to break off diplomatic relations with Colombia over Bogota's decision to allow more U.S. military bases.

Venezuela's Chavez 'to break Colombia ties'

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he was preparing to break off diplomatic relations with Colombia over Bogota's decision to allow more U.S. military bases.

"We have to prepare the rupture of relations with Colombia, Nicolas. This is going to happen," Chavez told his Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro in a state television broadcast.

Chavez has objected Colombia's decision to allow the U.S. military access to seven of its army bases.

His decision to cut ties with Colombia came one day before a regional summit in Argentina where South American leaders will discuss the U.S- Colombia deal on military bases.

Chavez, a fierce critic of U.S. influence in Latin America, has said the deal will mean a U.S. military build-up that could lead to war in South America.

On Wednesday, Colombia accused Chavez of meddling in its internal affairs after he told his ambassador in Bogota to work with leftist leaders in the neighboring country.

Reuters
Last Mod: 26 Ağustos 2009, 15:24
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