Chávez, seeking Colombia role, distances himself from rebels

07/09/2008 5:40 PM

07/09/2008 5:42 PM

At a May presidential summit in Brazil, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela sought out his Colombian counterpart and regional rival, Álvaro Uribe. The two had not spoken in months. But Chávez got right to the point, telling Uribe: "We haven't been giving money to the FARC," referring to the rebel group that has operated in Colombia since the 1960s.
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