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Venezuela Sends Troops to Colombian Border

Venezuela's president says he has deployed troops to the border with Colombia, as tensions rise between the two South American countries.

Hugo Chavez said Friday he believed the outgoing government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe could be planning to attack Venezuela.

The move follows Colombia's accusations last week that Venezuela is harboring leftist Colombian rebels.

Mr. Chavez, denying the charge, had harsh words for Mr. Uribe. In a phone call to a Venezuelan television show Friday, Mr. Chavez said the Colombian President should see a psychologist, saying he sees peace as a "little trap."

Colombia's president-elect, Juan Manuel Santos, has promised to continue Mr. Uribe's security policies.

The head of Colombia's largest leftist rebel group Friday proposed talks with the incoming government to resolve the country's internal conflict.

Alfonso Cano, who commands the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, issued the proposal in a video message. There was no immediate response from President-elect Santos.

On Thursday, Colombia and Venezuela brought their grievances to a group of South American foreign ministers meeting in Ecuador.. But members of the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, were unable to resolve the crisis.

The Venezuelan president severed ties with Colombia last week after Colombia went before the Organization of American States' permanent council in Washington to present photographs, maps, coordinates and videos it said show 1,500 guerrillas hiding inside Venezuela.

Venezuela said the items did not provide any solid evidence of a guerrilla presence there.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.