Colombia's ties with Venezuela worsening over rebels dispute (2)

14:21, July 17, 2010      

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Venezuela rejected the charges on Friday.

"This is a desperate attempt to undermine the ground for an eventual normalization of bilateral relations," Venezuela's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We hope the new government will accept as a top priority the proposal of a Colombia peace plan, which will let all of us in South America usher in a lasting solution to the armed conflict that affect our brother country," said the statement.

In another development, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Friday Venezuela had recalled its ambassador to Colombia after Bogota had accused it of sheltering Colombian rebels.

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

Maduro reaffirmed there were no Colombian guerrillas in Venezuelan territory neither from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) nor the National Liberation Army (ELN).

"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," the Venezuelan foreign minister said, adding that if Colombia continued with its accusations, Venezuela would take "strong and offensive" political and diplomatic measures.

The Venezuelan government also on Friday issued a statement saying that after eight years of diplomatic and military failures, Uribe left a country in a war, a country isolated from the Latin American scenery and far from its neighbors.
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