Chavez: Colombia relations on ice
By IAN JAMES
Associated Press Writer
AP Photo/Alonso Ocando
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that reconciliation is impossible with Colombia’s president as the two leaders traded stern warnings in an escalating diplomatic crisis that threatens trade ties between the South American neighbors.
Chavez said Sunday he is putting relations “in the freezer” after President Alvaro Uribe ended the Venezuelan leader’s role mediating with Colombia’s leftist rebels. That announcement drew a strong rebuke from Uribe, who said Chavez’s actions suggest he wants to see a “terrorist government” run by leftist rebels in Bogota.