Colombia mulls building up air defense systems, arms

Colombia should build up its air defense systems and other weapons as a deterrent to a "foreign threat" in a region.

Colombia mulls building up air defense systems, arms

Colombia should build up its air defense systems and other weapons as a deterrent to a "foreign threat" in a region as Venezuela sees a U.S. military base in Colombian soil as a security threat for region, according to a Colombian government document.

The defense ministry analysis does not refer to any country.

Entitled "State Forces and Challenges for the Future," the document calls for more emphasis on defending national sovereignty due to the risk from countries with "expansionist aspirations in ideological and territorial terms."

Defense Minister Gabriel Silva earlier this month said Colombia faced a foreign threat for the first time in years after decades of concentrating on ending its long internal conflict with leftist guerrillas and cocaine traffickers.

"Colombia should acquire a credible dissuasive capacity to convince a potent adversary that the cost of any aggression would outweigh any eventual benefits from an attack," according to the document posted on the ministry's website on Monday.

The study, carried out by the ministry's analysts and completed in October, was aimed at laying out changing challenges for the armed forces and make recommendations on how to meet them.

The study says Colombia should purchase air defense weapons, advance warning systems and other arms, and beef up its special forces to confront the risk of conventional and nonconventional or guerrilla attacks.

"From Colombia, the Yankee empire is planning, using Colombian troops, an aggression against Venezuela," Venezuela President Hugo Chavez told troops at a ceremony near the frontier on Monday.

Reuters
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