Venezuela recalls ambassador to Colombia amid rebel row

Caracas recalled its ambassador to Colombia for consultations, a day after Bogota reacted angrily to reports that leftist rebel leaders were in Venezuela.

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2010, 00:35 AM IST

Caracas: Caracas on Friday recalled its
ambassador to Colombia for consultations, a day after Bogota
reacted angrily to reports that leftist rebel leaders were in
Venezuela.

"We have called our ambassador to Bogota, Gustavo
Marquez, to Caracas for consultations," said Venezuelan
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.

Marquez is to help "evaluate a series of measures"
that Venezuela is set to take "in the coming hours --
political measures," Maduro said.

Maduro said the ambassador had been given an
"official protest letter rejecting the lies and falsehoods put
forward by the government of President Alvaro Uribe."

Yesterday, Colombia said it had evidence five
leaders of leftist guerrilla groups, which have been waging an
armed campaign against the government since the 1960s, were in
Venezuela.

Colombia and Venezuela froze diplomatic ties last
year after Bogota and Washington inked a military cooperation
agreement Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez considered a threat
to regional security.

PTI