Colombia's ties with Venezuela worsening over rebels dispute (3)

14:21, July 17, 2010      

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However, the Venezuelan government, according to its statement, 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.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday the Colombian extreme right-wing and Colombian President Uribe tried to impede a possible agreement or approach between Colombia's president-elect Santos and Venezuela.

"Despite his (Santos) past, we think that the new Colombian government wants to make an approach," Chavez said at a televised speech.

Since July 28, 2009 Venezuela reduced its trade exchanges with Colombia due to the signature of the U.S-Colombia military cooperation agreement, which allows the presence of the U.S. troops in the Colombian bases.

In March 2008, Colombia went to the OAS and the United Nations to denounce allegedly agreements between the FARC and the government of Ecuador and Venezuela.

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