According to a confidential U.S diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, during his time in office, Ex-Colombian President Álvaro Uribe knowingly kept a “hypocritical” relationship with Venezuela. At times, he ordered armed operations within Venezuelan territory while at the same time sought to diplomatically “manage” Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
Yesterday, El Espectador reported that the strategy of the Uribe administration (2002-2010), as understood by U.S. diplomats based in Colombia, was to “manage Chávez as opposed to confront him” while taking “advantage of the porous border” between the Andean nations to “conduct operations against narcotraffickers and terrorists [in Venezuela] when required.”
According to the confidential cable written in 2006 by then U.S. ambassador to Colombia William Wood, Uribe worked “to maintain a positive bilateral atmosphere, using joint energy projects and trade to create incentives to moderate Chávez’s behavior.”
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