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Venezuela Ends Military Program With U.S.

By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER,
Associated Press Writer

Fri Apr 22, 7:01 PM ET

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez's government has unexpectedly ended a military exchange program with United States, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas announced Friday.

Venezuelan officials could not be reached immediately to confirm the termination of the program that began exchanging U.S. and Venezuelan military personnel 35 years ago.

"Giving no explanation, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela abruptly ended U.S. military participation in the bilateral exchange program," the embassy said in a statement. "The U.S. Embassy regrets this unexpected action. The U.S. government hopes to maintain the historical fraternal relations between the two military forces."

An embassy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there are four U.S. military instructors in Venezuela and roughly 90 Venezuelan military personnel in the United States. The American officers in Venezuela "were basically told to leave the Venezuelan military institutions and bases where they were," the official said in a telephone interview. "We have no explanation as to why this was done."

Venezuela is the United State's fourth top oil supplier, but relations between the two countries have soured in recent years. Chavez accuses the United States of backing a short-lived coup against him in 2002, and last month warned he would cut off oil shipments to the United States if the U.S. government supports any attempt to force him from office.

The statement Friday came one day after Venezuela's vice president downplayed concerns expressed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over Chavez's decision to buy 100,000 assault rifles from Russia.

"This (purchase) is part of our effort to re-equip the Venezuelan Armed Forces, which has the same rights as any army," said Jose Vicente Rangel, who added that Venezuela was growing tired of hearing Washington repeat its concerns regarding Venezuela's acquisition of the Kalashnikov rifles.

Chavez denies that the purchase of the rifles will lead to an arms race with his Latin American neighbors.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.


Venezuela Bans US Military Instructors

by
Friday 22 April 2005 10:06 PM GMT

President Chavez has been a bitter critic of the US

Venezuela has ordered US military instructors to stop working with its armed forces in an abrupt cessation of a 35-year-old bilateral military exchange programme.

A US official on Friday said four American military instructors and one student in Venezuela under the bilateral programme had been told to leave the bases and schools where they were working.

"The US embassy regrets this unexpected action. The US government hopes to maintain the historical fraternal relations between the two militaries," the US embassy said.

The move marked a further deterioration in military contacts between President Hugo Chavez's government and the United States, which has sharply criticised recent arms purchases by Caracas.

"It was unexpected and no explanation was given," the US official said.

Military ties

The US army, air force and navy officers were instructing their Venezuelan counterparts in areas such as infantry tactics, flying and communications.

Since he was first elected president, Chavez has made a point of downgrading military cooperation with Washington. For example, he has refused to allow US planes to carry out anti-narcotics flights over Venezuela.

A year ago, Venezuela asked members of the US military mission to vacate liaison offices at armed forces bases in the country.

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NOTE: The Military Assisstance Program (MAP) as outlined in Appendix III of "The Secret Team - The CIA And It's Allies In Control Of The United States And The World" on this site, is the program being ended by Mr. Chavez.

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