Watch VideoPlay Video
Venezuela's defense minister has warned Colombia against provoking a conflict. The warning comes after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez severed ties with the neighboring country and placed his military on alert.
Defense Minister, Carlos Mata, promised what he called "a strong response" if foreign forces cross into Venezuelan territory. His country has accused Colombia of fabricating evidence that apparently shows Colombian rebel bases inside Venezuela.
The diplomatic dispute over the presence of Colombian rebels in Venezuela has worsened just as Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe, prepares to leave office.
Venezuelan leader Chavez has said he would resume ties with President-elect Manuel Santos's new Colombia government. While Santos has indicated he would do the same.
- U.S. calls for investigation into crisis between Venezuela, Colombia 2010-07-24
- Venezuela breaks off diplomatic ties with Colombia 2010-07-23
- Colombia says it has evidence of rebels, Venezuela denies 2010-07-23
- Venezuela cuts relations with Colombia 2010-07-23
- Venezuela denounces Colombia accusations on rebels 2010-07-18
- Ties between Venezuela 2010-07-17