Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, broke off diplomatic ties with Columbia following a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington. Columbia had accused Venezuela of harbouring rebel groups hostile to the Columbian government. It had presented evidence that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army had established bases in Venezuela.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Colombia and Venezuela to resolve their differences after Hugo Chavez gave Columbian diplomatic staff in Caracas until Monday 26th July to close the embassy.
During the graduation of the first class of students at the University Sports South, held in Cojedes, the national president spoke on a national network of Radio and Television to “disrespect the Colombian ambassador to the OAS.” Chavez said:
“behind the government of Colombia, their aggression and lack of respect for Venezuela is the hand of the United States.”
Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez met with the presidents of former Georgian territories, South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia, to sign agreements of diplomatic understanding and cooperation at the Hall Joaquín Crespo, the Palace of Miraflores.