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Uribe Confirms Plot Against Venezuela's Chavez Hatched in Bogota


Colombia's president has confirmed that former Venezuelan military officers used his country as a base to plot a coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

Alvaro Uribe made the admission Saturday during a meeting with Mr. Chavez in the Colombian city of Santa Marta.

Mr. Uribe says former Venezuelan military officers met with Colombian military officials in a government building in Bogota. He says his country, which has been affected by terrorism, cannot allow itself to be used as a base to plot conspiracies against a "brother" nation.

At least seven Venezuelan military officers who have been accused of leading a two-day coup against Mr. Chavez in 2002 are living in Colombia. Bogota has refused to grant them asylum, but has allowed them to remain on a special visa.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP

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