FARC seeking dirty bomb.
Even as Venezuela was rushing soldiers to its border with Colombia, the Colombians hurled one more incendiary charge: in Geneva, Uribe's vice-president, Francisco Santos, told the UN disarmament conference that captured FARC documents revealed the group was seeking to acquire uranium to build a radioactive "dirty bomb". According to Vice President Santos, on March 3, Colombia's national police submitted an initial report regarding the content of two computers found with Raul Reyes, second in command of FARC, who was killed on March 1. Santos said the computers contained "information from one commander to another indicating that FARC was apparently negotiating for radioactive material, the primary basis for generating dirty weapons of mass destruction and terrorism."
Given the allegations that the captured FARC computers showd financial support to FARC from Chavez, and Chavez himself expressed sympathy and support for Reyes and his efforts, it would be hard to rule out, at this time, a Venezuelan role in any efforts by FARC to acquire nuclear material for a dirty bomb.
While tensions between Venezuela and its neighbors rapidly escalate, any further information about alleged Venezuelan ties to terrorist groups, illicit financial activities, or a terrorist dirty bomb that may emerge can only add fat to an already bubbling fire.
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The Colombian response has been equally vehement. The country's government says documents recovered from a laptop belonging to Reyes showed the Chávez government gave the rebel group - which the US and EU consider to be a terrorist organisation - $300m (£150m) in funding.
Such support for Farc meant Chávez should be tried by the international criminal court, Uribe said today.
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