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President Chavez Warns about the Consequences of Increased U.S. Military Presence in Colombia

In the third regular meeting of the Council of Chiefs of State from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, expressed his concern for the possible consequences of the direct use of seven Colombian military bases by US forces, saying “this situation could become a tragedy.” The meeting was held in the Convent of San Augustin in Quito, Ecuador.

In this sense, the Venezuelan president stated that UNASUR, as an incipient organization, is facing many threats. For this reason, the President pointed out that UNASUR ought to ask the United States for consistency between the discourse of President Barack Obama and the decisions that are made.
 
Chavez highlighted that Venezuela feels threatened by the use of these bases. He recalled the bombardment of Colombia against Ecuador, in which Colombia expressed no regret but defended the “preemptive doctrine.”
 
Chavez emphasized that the installation of these bases will allow “war-mongers” to feel more at ease in Colombian territory, which could generate a military conflict in South America. Likewise, he highlighted that if there were a Colombian aggression against Venezuela, it would have no alternative but a military response for the sake of dignity.
 
Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / August 10, 2009

To read President Chávez´s letter to the Presidents of UNASUR, please click here

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