Venezuela says Colombia's airspace claim 'unfounded'

Venezuela's foreign Minister, Nicolas Maduro, says Colombia's allegations are unfounded.

Venezuela says Colombia's airspace claim 'unfounded'

Venezuela denies one of its military helicopters strayed into Colombia's airspace this week.

Venezuela's foreign Minister, Nicolas Maduro, says Colombia's allegations are unfounded.

Colombia claims a Venezuelan military helicopter flew over a Colombian army base Wednesday. Colombia's foreign ministry demanded an explanation from President Hugo Chavez's government, calling the incident unacceptable.

Maduro responded Thursday by accusing Colombia of lying.

Venezuela accuses Colombia of becoming a U.S. lackey in the region bent on destabilizing Chavez's socialist government.

Chavez says Colombia is abetting a possible U.S.-led invasion of Venezuela with a military deal signed last year to allow the U.S. military access to seven bases.

But President Alvaro Uribe denies that, saying the accord is designed to fight cocaine trafficking and insurgents within Colombia and poses no threat to the region.


Agencies

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