Brazil's Lula offers help for endding Venezuela-Colombia row

14:15, July 29, 2010      

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President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Wednesday he intends to lend a helping hand to quell the diplomatic tension between Venezuela and Colombia.

"The times are of peace, not war", and so far the two sides have not gone beyond a verbal confrontation, the president said at a meeting with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

"I still have not seen any conflict. I have seen a verbal confrontation, which is what we have here most in Latin America," he said.

Lula is scheduled to meet Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Aug. 6 and then on the next day he will be in Colombia to attend the inauguration of President-elect Juan Manuel Santos. He is expected to meet both Santos and Colombia's current President Alvaro Uribe.

"We have to re-establish the normalcy in the relations between Venezuela and Colombia, because they are two countries important for us in South America. They are two great economies," said Lula.

Chavez severed his country's diplomatic ties with Colombia last week, after Bogota accused his administration of harboring Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels on Venezuelan soil.

Source: Xinhua


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