CNN | 7/29/2009 12:00:00 AM
Venezuela freezes relations with Colombia
Jul 29--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez froze diplomatic relations with Colombia late Tuesday, citing verbal aggressions from the neighboring South American country.
Chavez recalled Venezuela's ambassador to Colombia, as well as most of the embassy's staff.
"Leave only the lowest functionaries," he said.
Chavez also threatened to take over Colombian companies operating in Venezuela if Colombia offends Venezuela one more time.
Colombia's claims are "mistaken," added Chavez, who called the country's leaders "irresponsible."
There was no immediate reaction from the Colombian government.
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