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Friday, March 07, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Colombia-Venezuela crisis over

Leaders say Colombia crisis over
The crisis over Colombia's cross-border raid into Ecuador is over after the presidents of the two countries shook hands at a regional summit.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who had backed Ecuador's Rafael Correa in condemning Colombia's actions, also embraced Colombia's Alvaro Uribe.


Presidentes Uribe, Chavez, Ortega y Correa se aprietan la mano y alivian grave crisis diplomática Presidents Uribe (Colombia), Chavez (Venezuela), Ortega (Nicaragua) and Correa (Ecuador) shake hands and ease the grave diplomatic crisis.

Colombian daily El Tiempo is reporting that the four leaders shook hands at the urging of Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, and agreed to a dialogue and reaching a political solution to the crisis. Earlier in the day, they had engaged in a heated argument.

Uribe also agreed to withdraw Colombia's complaint against Venezuela in the International Criminal Court.

Reuters just posted the item.

Now the leaders of all the countries involved will be able to enjoy the weekend.

UPDATE, Saturday 8 March
Alvaro Uribe keeps outchavezing Hugo Chavez, along with video of Uribe shaking hands,


Uribe scores big.

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8 Comments:

At 6:29 PM, Blogger SC&A said...

Argentina has agreed to supply the beef for the BBQ.

Coca Cola to be provided by Columbia and Venezuela to provide the shrimp.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger steveegg said...

Good news. Just one question - What did Ortega have to do with this?

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

Oh - Well, what happened was that Ortega, who's also in Hugo's pocket, decided to break diplomatic relations with Colombia the other day.
Not quite earth-shattering news.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger steveegg said...

I would've thought it was the other way around since this is Ortega's second go-around at power.

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

The rumor I heard was that in the rush to obey Pres. Chavez's ten battalion promise the army forgot to bring diesel, ammunition and compasses. They, like Lope de Aguirre, are wandering down the river still searching for El Dorado and begging for MREs.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

And the army also got held up by a taxi strike on the highway on the way to the border, Pat.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

That definitely shows that fiction often does not even come close to mirroring reality. Patton would have shot the drivers, er mules, and sent the Shermans, the Pershings and the 105mms on the way.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Let not forget, Pat, that Patton was fighting in a real war.

 

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