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Venezuela under threat: military official

world Updated: Sep 13, 2008 10:51 IST
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Chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces Operational Strategic Command, Maj Gen Jesus Gregorio Gonzalez, said on Friday that Venezuela is under threat of aggression, referring to US Hostility.

The reactivation of the US Fourth Fleet in the Caribbean is dangerous no doubt we are under threat, said Gonzalez before the National Assembly, which is investigating allegations of plans for a coup against President Hugo Chavez.

The people and the armed forces are one because we share the responsibility in defending the State and complying with the Constitution approved in 1999, added Gonzalez, who was accompanied by other top military commanders.

We have become a coveted space because of our oil reserves, he explained, while anticipating tension as non renewable energy sources are expected to start running short in 10-15 years.

We are working, committed to the Venezuelan people and the State we are constructing, he stressed. President of the National Assembly Cilia Flores appreciated the commitment of the armed forces in defending the country's order.