Venezuela Adds Firepower on Colombian Border

Tanks, aircraft deployed as standoff escalates
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 2:28 PM CST
Venezuelan soldiers gather as they prepare to board military buses to be transported to the Colombian border area at Fort Paramacay in Valencia, Venezuela,Tuesday, March 4, 2008. The Venezuelan military...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Venezuela deployed tanks to the Colombian border, Reuters reports, as Latin American tensions remained high enough that Hugo Chavez warned of an Andean war. Though Colombia refused to send reinforcements to its border, the mobilization of heavy artillery, including support from air and sea forces, is the first in the standoff following Colombia's weekend incursion into Ecuador to killFARC rebels.

Ecuador’s president continued to slam Colombia’s raid, saying “the region will be in danger" if the violation of Ecuador’s sovereignty is not condemned by the international community. Despite the saber-rattling, all-out war between the countries is still seen as unlikely, because they depend on mutual trade—and because Colombia’s US-equipped army holds a strong advantage.