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Venezuela Upset by Pending US-Colombia Pact

Jul 24--President Hugo Chavez says Colombia should not underestimate Venezuela's concerns over the neighboring country's decision to forge stronger military ties with the United States.


From Venezuela's point of view, Chavez said Thursday, it's like ''opening your house for your neighbor's enemy.''

Colombian officials have said Venezuela should not be concerned by a pact being negotiated to let U.S. forces use three airfields and two navy bases in Colombia. They say the number of U.S. service personnel and civilian military contractors will not exceed the 1,400 mandated by the U.S. Congress.
 
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