Associated Press – March 2, 2008 1:23 PM ET
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (OO’-goh CHAH’-vez) is sending 10 battalions of troops to country’s border with Colombia.
He’s also ordered the Venezuelan embassy in Bogota closed and say all embassy personnel will be withdrawn from Colombia.
The announcements by Venezuela’s leftist leader pushed relations with its neighbor to their tensest point of his 9-year presidency.
Chavez is also warning that Colombia could spark a war in South America, calling its U.S.-allied government “a terrorist state” and labeling President Alvaro Uribe (oo-REE’-bay) “a criminal.”