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Posted: 12/20/2009 12:23:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2009 12:42:53 PM EDT by ar10er]

Page last updated at 04:26 GMT, Sunday, 20 December 2009

Colombia beefs up forces on border with Venezuela
The Colombian government has announced it is building a new military
base on its border with Venezuela and has activated six new airborne
Relations between the two nations are at a historic low with Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez already telling his generals to prepare for war.
He moved 15,000 more troops up to the border, accusing Colombia and its ally, the US, of planning an attack.
A BBC correspondent says the potential for conflict is heightened.
Colombian Defence Minister Gabriel Silva announced the formation of a
new base in La Guajira in the north, near the Venezuelan border.
At the same time, the Colombian army activated the new airborne battalions, which are equipped with US helicopters.
The helicopter fleet, made up mainly of Blackhawks, now numbers 120,
making the Colombian Army Air Corps the best equipped and most
experienced in Latin America, the BBC's Jeremy McDermott in Colombia
Preparing for war
President Chavez has criticised a pact announced last month allowing US troops to use several bases in Colombia.
Mr Silva said that the new base would have up to 1,000 soldiers.
It would, he added, also have a care facility for indigenous Wayuu people who live in the area.
Since Venezuelans were told by Mr Chavez to prepare for war and the
Venezuelan army starting blowing up bridges that link the two nations,
Colombia has been overhauling its defence strategy.
Until now this strategy has been geared almost exclusively to fighting the country's 45-year Marxist insurgency.
With the increasing build-up of military on both sides of the border,
the potential for conflict is heightened, particularly when one
considers 2,000 rebels in the border region prepared for a fight
between the two nations, our correspondent says.


Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:15:45 PM EDT
Tensions escalate between Colombia and Venezuela

Patrick Markey


Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:44pm EST

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia said it is preparing to defend against a
possible foreign military attack amid growing tensions with neighboring
Venezuela, while Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday
Colombia would regret any actions that hurt his country.

Without specifically accusing Venezuela, Colombian Defense Minister
Gabriel Silva was quoted as saying on Sunday that his country was
preparing a strategy to ward off any attack.

Colombia, a close ally of the United States, and Venezuela, whose
leader Chavez is one of the most strident critics of the United States
in Latin America, are locked in a growing political and trade dispute.
Chavez, an outspoken socialist, accuses the United States of planning
to invade Venezuela with the help of Colombia, a charge the United
States denies.

The two Andean countries almost went to war in 1987 in a dispute over a maritime border in the Caribbean Gulf.

Chavez ordered tanks to the Colombian border in 2008 after Colombia
raided a rebel base over the frontier inside Ecuador. Chavez ally
President Rafael Correa condemned the raid as an aggression. Tensions
eased after a summit a week later.

"In Colombia, we have concentrated on the internal threat. But the risk
is growing because what has been clearly and directly presented is an
eventual action against Colombia from outside," Silva told El Tiempo

Colombia for decades has struggled to subdue Marxist rebels profiting from the cocaine trade inside the country.

"Colombia was not used to thinking about this eventuality in its
foreign policy and defense strategy. Unfortunately now we have to put
this variable on the map. There is a risk of a foreign aggression,"
Silva said.

Colombia last week activated seven new army battalions, including two along the Venezuelan frontier.


Chavez on November 8 told Venezuelan troops to be ready for a possible
war with Colombia and restricted Colombian imports to protest an
agreement allowing U.S. troops more access to Colombian bases, an
accord he says threatens his OPEC nation.

"We are not preparing any aggression against Colombia or against anybody," Chavez said on his Sunday television show.

But he said his country would be prepared for any attack. He called Colombia's government a declared enemy of Venezuela.

"Believe me, bourgeois of Colombia, if you hurt Venezuela you'll regret
it. We are not unarmed. We do not have our arms crossed," Chavez said.

Chavez last week accused the Netherlands of aggressive behavior for
allowing the U.S. military access to airfields in the self-governed
Dutch Antilles and Aruba.

On Sunday, Chavez said the United States was spying on his government
with unmanned drones that fly from Colombia as well as the islands off
Venezuelan's Caribbean coast. He called the incursions by the unmanned
planes "acts of war" and ordered his air force to shoot them down if
they are seen again.

Colombia has received billions of dollars in aid from Washington to
fight leftist guerrillas and drug traffickers. President Alvaro Uribe
says the recent base deal is merely an extension of existing military
cooperation between the countries for operations limited to inside

But the accord worried Latin American governments concerned over the U.S. presence.


Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:27:03 PM EDT
Didn't Chavez have some bridges blown up between the two countries a few weeks ago?
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:27:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 223Sauce:

Didn't Chavez have some bridges blown up between the two countries a few weeks ago?

Yes, foot bridges.

Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:30:31 PM EDT
Chavez wants war, and it'd be hillarious if Obama was the one to give him that war.
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:30:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2009 2:31:07 PM EDT by orangelo]

Originally Posted By 223Sauce:

Didn't Chavez have some bridges blown up between the two countries a few weeks ago?

fat hugo hosted a terrorist convention a couple weeks ago too. FARC was in attendance.

Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:31:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 223Sauce:
Didn't Chavez have some bridges blown up between the two countries a few weeks ago?

Yea, its mentioned in the first article posted.

Things must be getting bad in venezuela if chavez needs a foreign war to distract the people their. They will probably get their asses kicked by columbia if they go across the border IMO.
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:33:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By delacrue:
Chavez wants war, and it'd be hillarious if Obama was the one to give him that war.

I would not trust the motives of that one.
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