Venezuela freezes diplomatic ties with Colombia following accusations it supported FARC guerrillas

July 29, 2009
Free Speech Radio

Venezuela froze diplomatic relations with Colombia yesterday, following accusations that Venezuelan weapons had been found in a camp abandoned by Colombia´s FARC guerrillas. President Chavez withdrew his ambassador from Colombia, claiming he would not accept more aggressions from the neighboring country.
Chavez also criticized the Colombian government for its plans to allow the US military to use five military bases in Colombia, saying this was a threat to Venezuela´s sovereignty. FSRN spoke to Larry Birns, a former diplomat and Latin America expert about this crisis. Birns directs the Washington based Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

A recording of the interview can be found at