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Venezuela Demands the Truth from Colombia Regarding US Military Bases

During the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Defense Council’s meeting on Tuesday in Quito, Ecuador, the Venezuelan government will demand a full accounting from Colombia regarding the installation of U.S. military bases in its territory.

The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, made the announcement on Monday from Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas as he awarded the Liberator’s Prize for Critical Thought 2008 to Hungarian author Istvan Meszaros.

Chavez said that the Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Nicolas Maduro, and the Vice President and Minister of Defense Ramon Carrizales were already in Quito to represent Venezuela at this special UNASUR meeting.

 “The ministers are already meeting there to continue discussion of the installation of U.S. military bases in Colombian territory. We will demand that the Colombian government tell us the truth,” stated Chavez. 

The president indicated that the same will be demanded of the United States: “To tell the truth and explain what this project really is.”

The meeting of UNASUR representatives and Ministers of Defense begins Tuesday, September 15, as agreed in the presidential summit held in Bariloche, Argentina on August 28.

It is hoped that the UNASUR Defense Council meeting will focus its attention on concerns of South American leaders about agreements signed by Colombia and the United States to install military bases in Colombia.

Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / September 15, 2009

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