Venezuelan troops have been deployed, says Chavez

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 31, 2010 05:14

CARACAS, Venezuela —  Following a deterioration in relations with neighboring Colombia, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has deployed infantry troops and aircraft in case of a conflict.

Chavez did not give details about the deployments, but said he has been saddened to be spending hours "reviewing war plans" due to tensions with Colombia.

Chavez cut off diplomatic relations with Colombia last week after outgoing President Alvaro Uribe's government presented photos, videos and maps of what it said were Colombian rebel camps inside Venezuela.

Chavez also said in telephone interview on state television Friday that he wants peace and hopes it will be possible to talk with President-elect Juan Manuel Santos and ease tensions after he takes office on Aug. 7


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