Brazil Prez urges Obama to explain bases plan
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 13:50
  
Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's leader is urging President Barack Obama to meet with South American nations and discuss the growing US military presence in Colombia.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told Obama in a phone call that many nations are worried about the plan to give the US greater access to seven military bases in Colombia.

Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim gave details about the conversation to the O Globo newspaper on Friday.

The US says the plan is part of its agreement with Colombia to battle drug traffickers and leftist rebels.

But leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez say it is a serious threat to the region. Chavez has suggested the US could unseat Latin American leaders via coups launched from the bases.

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 13:50


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