CARACAS, Friday August 28, 2009 | Update
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during the plenary session at the Unasur summit (Photo: Cézaro De Luca / Efe)
Presidents Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Rafael Correa of Ecuador asked on Friday their Colombian counterpart Álvaro Uribe to submit for their consideration an agreement reached with the United States on the use of Colombian military bases.
"Mr. President Uribe would rather forward to us the text of the agreement," said Correa, the pro-tempore president of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), after listening to Uribe's allegations in defense of the deal with Washington.
Chávez also took the floor and agreed on the need for Uribe to submit the whole document or "disclose it in order to clarify so many doubts and riddles, at least for Venezuela," Efe quoted.
The summit at the Argentinean city of Bariloche was convened to discuss an agreement that has been negotiated, but not signed yet, by Colombia and the United States on the use by US troops of Colombian military bases.
The move has been a matter of concern in the region.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.