Hopes for Political Solution to
South American Crisis
Novosti) — President Vladimir Putin told Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez in a phone conversation that he hoped
the current conflict in South America would be resolved by
political and diplomatic means, the Kremlin press service said
Tuesday urged Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela to avoid escalating
tensions after Colombian forces crossed into Ecuador and killed
a senior rebel commander.
military announced on Saturday that troops had killed Raul
Reyes, a leading Marxist FARC figure, during an attack on a
camp in an Ecuadorian jungle.
to the attack, Ecuador and Venezuela cut diplomatic ties with
Colombia and deployed troops on their neighbor’s border.
that war could break out if Colombia struck on Venezuelan soil.
In a recent
dramatic turn in the crisis, Colombia alleged that Chavez had
funded the FARC rebels and that they had been planning to make
a ‘dirty’ bomb from radioactive materials, threatening the
As well as
speaking to Russia’s outgoing president, Chavez also talked
with the country’s president-elect, Dmitry Medvedev.
and Chavez expressed their firm intention to continue developing
versatile cooperation based on the groundwork laid in recent
years, and agreed to exchange visits in the future," the
office of the Russian first deputy prime minister said.