Latin American Herald Tribune | 8/14/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombian Challenges Uribe on U.S. Basing Accord
Aug 14--A heckler interrupted Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s speech opening the Bogota book fair, urging him to reconsider plans to give U.S. troops access to Colombian military bases., 106244
Uribe told police seeking to remove the heckler to give him a chance to speak.
After the man had spoken, Uribe defended the plan by telling the audience “you’re in a country that is concerned with the security of its citizens ... it is security that guarantees liberty.”
Among those in attendance for Uribe’s speech was Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose country is guest of honor at this year’s fair. Calderon traveled to Colombia to discuss strategies for battling drug trafficking and terrorism with Uribe.
The proposed 10-year lease agreement has sparked harsh criticism from left-wing governments in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia and also caused concern in Brazil and Chile.
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