CARACAS, Wednesday August 26, 2009 | Update
Western Hemisphere Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez asked his Minister of Foreign Affairs to work on breaking diplomatic relations with Colombia, for considering "impossible" any rapprochement as a result of a Colombia-US military agreement.
"We must be ready to break relations with Colombia (…) This will happen," Chávez told Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro during an official ceremony held at the Miraflores presidential palace to bid farewell to Cuban Ambassador to Venezuela Germán Sánchez. During the ceremony, the outgoing chief of mission was awarded the Liberator Order.
"Get started, because the Colombian bourgeoisie hates us and there is no possibility of return, of an embrace. No, that is not possible," the Head of State insisted on saying.
"These seven Yankee bases are a declaration of war against the Bolivarian revolution and we understand it this way."
Hours earlier, President Chávez lamented that the Colombian oligarchy hated him. But "I transform it and return it as love to the Colombian people."
Chávez's remarks came one day after Colombia had vowed to repeal his "expansionist" project and file a complaint with the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Colombian government took the decision following the remarks made by Chávez last Sunday in his TV and radio show "Aló Presidente" (Hello, President!). Then, Chávez talked about launching a campaign for his voice to reach the Colombian people amidst protests against the use of Colombian military bases by the United States.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.