CARACAS, July 23
(Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that the installation
of U.S. military bases in
Colombia, Venezuela's neighbor, is "an unfriendly act."
Chavez said Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday met with
Maria Luisa Chiappe, Colombia's ambassadress to Caracas, to inform her of
the Venezuelan posture.
The president expressed concern about the increasing presence of
U.S. military bases in the
region, which he said "obliges us to review the full scheme of our ties with
military bases in Colombia
could be used to carry out attacks on Venezuela, thus bringing danger to the peace in
South America, he said.
Chavez added that in view of this, Venezuela's delegation would not attend a
high-level meeting with Colombia scheduled for this week.
Colombian officials have said the country is planning four new
U.S. military bases near its
border with Venezuela .