Monday, June 9, 2008

Chavez Guardsman Caught Aiding Terrorists -- Chavez Tries To Save Face, Calls For FARC to Quit

Colombia says it has arrested a Venezuelan national guard officer who was trying to deliver assault rifle ammunition to Marxist rebels.

The officer is said to have been captured along with three others in the southern Colombian province of Vichada, near the border with Venezuela.

The arrest comes at a time of tension between the two neighbours.

The Bogota government has accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of supporting Colombia's Farc guerrillas.

The arrested officer, named as Manuel Agudo, was helping to carry 40,000 rounds of AK-47 ammunition along with another Venezuelan and two Colombians, Attorney General Mario Iguaran said.

Gateway Pundit -- Colombia Captures Venezuelan Guard Delivering Arms to FARC

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on Colombia's Farc rebels to end their four-decade struggle and release all their hostages.

Mr Chavez, whom Colombia has accused of financing the Farc, said they were "out of step" and their war was "history".

The Colombian government expressed surprise, but welcomed the statement.

The rebels are believed to be at their weakest point in years, following the death of their long-time leader, Manuel Marulanda, in March.

BBC News -- End struggle, Chavez urges Farc

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