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Nov 18, 2009

Former Colombian President talks about tension with Venezuela

25882The other former leader in Belize this week was Cesar Gaviria of Colombia. Gaviria is of prominence not only for his presidency but also for the work he did as the Secretary General for the Organization of American States. He is known as a keen negotiator in times of crisis who was involved in the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. Before he left earlier this week, Gaviria gave his views on a number of developments in Latin America, including the tension between Venezuela and neighboring Colombia.

Cesar Gaviria, Former President of Colombia
“Well I think we have some tension with Venezuela now the situation with Ecuador is more calm now, but yes we have some tension. We hope with the help of the international community we hope we settle it a little bit. President Chavez is a little aggressive. He has some differences about decisions of Colombia and the U.S. but I am confident we will settle that. I think Colombia is not an aggressive country. I think the things we do are related to our internal security because of narco-trafficking.”

Jose Sanchez
“So you don’t think it will escalate to an armed conflict?”

Cesar Gaviria
“I hope it will not happen. There are no reasons to think there will be an aggressive move. I hope that the president of Venezuela will not be aggressive with Colombia. He uses language that scares people, but I hope it will not take any action and I’m certain Colombia will not do it.”

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