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| 8/11/2009 12:00:00 AM

Chavez warns of war over Colombia-U. S. deal

Aug 11--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned Monday that "winds of war" were blowing across Latin America because of Colombia's decision to allow the United States use of seven military bases.

Speaking in Quito at a regional summit, Chavez said he was fulfilling his "moral duty" by telling fellow leaders the "winds of war were beginning to blow," because of the July accord between Bogota and Washington.

"This could generate a war in South America," he told a Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) summit in the Ecuadoran capital.

The heightened rhetoric came a day after Chavez accused Colombia's leader Alvaro Uribe and the Colombian military of "provocations" by entering Venezuelan territory. Colombia's foreign ministry denied the charge.
 
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