Chavez leaves door open for Santos to rebuild relations

17:42, July 26, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has left a door open for Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos to mend bilateral relations, analysts said.

Venezuela severed its ties with Colombia on Thursday due to Bogota's allegations that Colombian military rebels are hiding in Venezuela.

Alejo Vargas, a Doctor of Political Science at the National University of Colombia, told Xinhua recently that Chavez has left open the possibility of resuming relations with the government of Santos, who is to take office on Aug. 7.

"There will be a possibility of resumption, not tomorrow, but once the next government starts, they'll have the advantage of being able to speak and put on the table the concerns of both sides," Vargas said.

The discussions will be held in a "diplomatic and quiet way" and should touch upon the evidence Colombia showed to the Organization of American States (OAS) Thursday concerning the alleged presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuelan soil, the expert said.

Vargas said the crisis will not exert a great impact on the region and other Latin American countries are expected to help solve the problem.

Fernando Giraldo, a PhD in Political Science at Javeriana University, said Santos faces a tough task to rebuild relations with Venezuela after they were severed by Chavez.

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