Colombia said on Nov.8 it will appeal to the UN Security Council and the OAS after Hugo Chavez, the fiery leftist president of neighboring Venezuela, ordered his army to prepare for war in order to assure peace. For months Chavez has said that a military cooperation pact signed last month between Bogota and Washington could set the stage for a US invasion of Venezuela from Colombian territory. The United States and Colombia dismiss that idea, saying cooperation is aimed strictly at fighting drug traffickers and Marxist insurgents within Colombia. During a weekend television address, Chavez ordered his military to prepare for war as the best way to preserve peace in the region. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe shot back with a statement rejecting Chavez's remarks. (Reuters)

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