Friday, July 23, 2010

Hugo Chávez breaks diplomatic ties between Venezuela and Colombia

While not a soccer story per se, I just about fell out of my chair when I saw this picture. Yes, that is sporting legend, and current Argentina Soccer Coach Diego Maradona joking with Hugo Chavez as he announced the severing of ties with Colombia. Yes, the very same press conference.

Let me say no more than I find this an interesting pairing on many levels. Your comments are welcome below.

Diego Maradona and Hugo Chávez share a joke during a press conference in which the Venezuelan president severed ties with Colombia. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
Hugo Chávez severed diplomatic ties with Colombia yesterday after it accused Venezuela of harbouring leftist guerrillas in dozens of camps along the border.

Venezuela's president ordered a "maximum alert" on the border and warned that his Andean neighbour could provoke war. "We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia," Chávez told state television.
Colombia had claimed that Venezuela was sheltering 1,500 rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN), which have waged a decades-long conflict with the Colombian state.
Colombia presented maps, photographs, videos and witness testimony in a presentation at a meeting in Washington of the Organisation of American States, a pan-regional body.
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