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War possible if Colombia’s Santos elected: Chavez

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Monday, April 26th, 2010

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who for years has had tense relations with neighboring Colombia, has warned of worse ties and even possible military hostilities if Bogota’s ex-defense chief Juan Manuel Santos wins the presidency.

A victory by Santos in the May 30 presidential election “could lead to war” in the region, said Chavez on his “Hello Mr. President” weekly television and radio broadcast.

The firebrand leftist leader also demanded that the conservative candidate, a close political ally of current president Alvaro Uribe, issue an apology for a Colombian military attack during his tenure as defense minister on a leftist guerrilla encampment on Colombia’s border with Ecuador two years ago.

“If he wants to be president, he should start by saying ‘I’m sorry,’ and ask forgiveness” for the bombing raid,” Chavez said.

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