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CARACAS (AP)–Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched a new volley of insults at Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe Sunday, calling him a “pawn” of Washington and a coward more fit to be a mafia boss than president.
Chavez also reiterated previous accusations that Uribe’s U.S.-allied government tried to sabotage the release of two hostages held by leftist rebels last month, saying the captives’ accounts of bombings in the area showed Colombia wanted to “dynamite” the handover.
The two Colombian captives – Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez – were eventually released by guerrillas to Venezuelan officials Jan. 10 in an operation overseen by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Colombia halted military operations for the successful handover and has denied trying to sabotage the earlier attempt.
“Uribe is a pawn of Bush,” Chavez said during his weekly TV and radio program. “That man doesn’t deserve to be president…coward, liar…Uribe is suitable to be a mafia boss.”
Venezuela’s socialist president also sided with the conservative Uribe’s harshest critics in accusing him of having “strong connections” to Colombia’s right-wing paramilitary groups. He didn’t elaborate.
There was no immediate response from the Colombian government. Uribe was in France Sunday where he met with family members of Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate with dual French citizenship who has been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for nearly six years.