Los Angeles Times | 11/27/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe missing 'Amazon Summit' in Brazil because of foot injury
Nov 27--Colombian President Alvaro Uribe today sent his regrets to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, saying he would be unable to attend the so-called “Amazon Summit” in Manaus, Brazil, on Thursday because of a foot injury.
Chavez has closed the common border to much trade, and Colombian exports to Venezuela tumbled by 49% during the most recent month for which figures are available.
Tension remains high after several recent border incidents, including the demolition last week of two border foot bridges by Venezuelan armed forces. Also last week, three Colombian citizens were killed in Arauca state, Venezuela. On Nov. 2, two members of the Venezuelan national guard were mysteriously killed. Last month, nine Colombians were kidnapped and killed by suspected guerrillas after a pickup soccer game on the Venezuelan side of the border in Tachira state.
Uribe has remained characteristically calm in the face of Chavez's bluster, which many see as an effort to divert Venezuelans' attention from domestic problems.
Read more here.
Semana International delivers news about Colombia in English. Find more in our home.