Brazil’s leader is urging President Barack Obama to meet with South
American nations and discuss the growing U.S. military presence in
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told Obama in a phone call that
many nations are worried about the plan to give the U.S. greater access
to seven military bases in Colombia.
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim gave details about the conversation to the O Globo newspaper Friday.
The U.S. says the plan is part of its agreement with Colombia to battle drug traffickers and leftist rebels.
But leaders like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez say it is a serious threat to
the region. Chavez has suggested the U.S. could unseat Latin American
leaders via coups launched from the bases. (AP)