RELATED: Mass grave threatens Uribe’s legacy, as new Colombian president sworn in

Bridget Johnson
The Hill
August 8, 2010

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), in Bogota on Saturday, called for the Obama administration to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Mack was one of eight lawmakers in Colombia for the swearing in of the country’s new president, Juan Manuel Santos. He met with departing President Alvaro Uribe and held a press conference in Bogota to detail his efforts to have Colombia’s neighbor placed on the terror list.

“I think the time is now to put him on that list,” Mack told The Hill by phone from Colombia, saying that President Hugo Chavez supported the FARC rebels in Colombia and was aligned with Iran and Syria.

Venezuela cut off ties with Colombia late last month after Colombia presented evidence at the Organization of American States of 87 alleged FARC guerrilla camps running out of Venezuela. The FARC rebels are designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.

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