Venezuela recalls ambassador to Colombia for consultation

10:28, July 17, 2010      

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The Venezuelan government recalled on Friday its ambassador to Colombia, Gustavo Marquez, to analyze a series of political and diplomatic measures on the "aggression" of the Colombian government against Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.

The consultation comes after the Colombian government said on Thursday that Colombian chief guerrillas were in Venezuelan territory.

During a press conference, Maduro said that his country will reject a new attack from Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who, according to him, wants to destroy the ties between the two countries, and he added that his country will answer the "new attack" of Uribe.

Maduro reaffirmed that there are no Colombian guerrillas in Venezuelan territory, as Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva said on Thursday, and he rejected the presence in Venezuela of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) or the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Maduro said in a press statement that after eight years of diplomatic and military failures, Uribe leaves a country in war, a country isolated from the Latin American scenery and far from its neighbors.

However, the statement added that the Venezuelan government expects the new Colombian government to start on Aug. 7, when President-elect Juan Manuel Santos takes office, accepts a peace plan for Colombia to solve the armed conflict which has lasted about 50 years and has also affected Venezuela and other neighboring countries.

In case there were any irregular groups in Venezuelan territory, the government would act with the weight of the law and the public force, the statement added.

Maduro said that "the path of the lie, of the aggression and of the lack of respect to Venezuela, will always impede the normalization of the ties between the two governments."

Maduro added that if Colombia continues with its accusations, Venezuela will take "strong and offensive political and diplomatic " measures.



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