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Chavez warns Colombia: Military incursions into Venezuela would spur war
03/02/2008
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned his Colombian counterpart that war would break out between the South American neighbors if Colombia's military crossed into Venezuelan territory. Chavez railed on Saturday against Colombian forces for entering Ecuadorean territory on a raid that killed a senior commander of Colombia's largest guerrilla group, and he cautioned Colombian President Alvaro Uribe against similar actions along Venezuela's border. "Don't think about doing that over here, because it would very serious, it would be cause for war," Chavez said. "How far is President Uribe willing to go in his warlike madness?" Chavez, who maintains warm relations with the Colombian guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said that "it was obscene to see the smiling faces" of Colombian military commanders standing behind Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos as he announced the death of FARC spokesman Raul Reyes and 16 other rebels on Saturday.
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