With tensions and allegations continuing to rise between the two countries, Venezuela has decided to cut diplomatic ties with Colombia. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that he was cutting ties with the neighboring Venezuela over allegations that he was harboring Colombian rebels behind Venezuelan borders. Chavez has threatened to cut ties before, but this time it could result in war between the two countries.
The allegations came after Colombian Ambassador Luis Alfonso Hoyos presented evidence and testimony at a meeting of American States in Washington that Colombian rebel camps were in Venezuela. The evidence was of aerial photographs of the camps and video of rebel leaders who were shot by guerrillas who later turned themselves in to the government.
Chavez claimed that he was doing everything possible to keep the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army from crossing the 1,400 mile border. Chavez said that the Colombian government is trying to provoke a war. “A war is what they might get.”
By Jamie Bowen Contributor