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Colombian court postpones decision on military pact with U.S.

08-12-2010 17:30 BJT

BOGOTA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Colombia's Constitutional Court decided on Wednesday that it will not announce its decision until next week on the military agreement signed between Bogota and Washington, which allows U.S. troops and advisers to use seven military bases in Colombia.

Presiding judge Mauricio Gonzalez said that the ruling on the constitionality of the military agreement signed last August will be handed down next Tuesday.

Reporting judge Jorge Palacio asked the Court to grant a one-year grace period for the Congress to debate on and decide whether to approve the agreement, which is criticized by the governments of Venezuela and Bolivia, among others.

The deal has caused much controversy in the region and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said it is detrimental to the sovereignty of his country.

The Colombian government has said the military agreement is not a new treaty, but an extension of other agreements signed between both countries.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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