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Chavez 'to review' Colombia ties

Jul 22--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will have to reassess ties with Colombia, which is set to allow the US to use its bases for anti-drug flights.

22 de julio de 2009

Mr Chavez, who already has difficult relations with Bogota and Washington, said an increased presence of US troops would be "a threat to Venezuela".

Colombia and the US are finalising an accord to make Colombia a hub for US anti-drug operations in South America.

Venezuela is Colombia's most important trading partner after the US.

President Chavez's comments echo statements by the Bolivian leader, Evo Morales, and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, condemning the imminent accord between Colombia and the US as "treason" and a threat to regional stability.
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