Sunday, March 2, 2008

Chavez Says Colombian Incursion in Venezuela Would Cause War

March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said an incursion by the Colombian military into Venezuela, similar to the air strike carried out yesterday in Ecuador, would provoke a war.

Colombia's military killed Raul Reyes, a leader of Colombia's biggest guerrilla group, in a predawn air strike against his camp in neighboring Ecuador. Colombian troops crossed into Ecuador after the strike to collect bodies.

Chavez has been in negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla group to secure hostage releases. His increased involvement in the Colombian conflict has heightened tensions between the two countries.

``Don't even think about doing something like this over here (Colombian) President Uribe, because that would be extremely serious,'' Chavez said, according to a statement published on the Venezuelan information ministry's Web site. ``A military incursion on Venezuelan soil would be a cause for war.''

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