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Colombia “Hands Over Its Sovereignty” to U.S. with Military Accord, Says Chavez

• Venezuelan
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Colombia became a “colony” when it granted the U.S. permission to expand its military presence in Colombian territory in an accord signed on October 30th, the details of which became public on Tuesday. “Colombia decided to hand over its sovereignty to the United States... Colombia no longer governs its territory,” said Chavez in a televised meeting of his Council of Ministers. “Colombia today is no longer a sovereign country... it is a kind of colony.” The ten-year accord grants the U.S. access, use, and free movement among two air bases, two naval bases, three army bases, and “the rest of the installations and locations” in Colombia, in accordance with Colombian law.

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