Lula, Chavez, Kirchner talk on Colombia-Venezuela relations

11:40, August 07, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (2nd R) greets his Brazilian counterpart Inacio Lula Da Silva as UNASUR secretary general and former Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner (1st L) and Venezuelan Foerign Minister Nicolas Maduro (1st R) stand by prior to their meeting to discuss about the Africa-South America Summit, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, Aug. 6, 2010. (Xinhua)

General-gecretary of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) Nestor Kirchner, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met on Friday in Caracas to talk about the ties between Colombia and Venezuela.

"We are all mediating, we are mediating," Chavez said while entering the Miraflores Palace along with Lula and Kirchner.

Venezuela severed its diplomatic ties with Colombia on July 22, after Bogota accused it of sheltering Colombian guerrilla chiefs in its territory.

Kirchner arrived in Caracas on Thursday noon in order to mediate the conflict between the two neighbors.

Lula arrived on Friday to fulfill an agenda including the analysis of the bilateral ties between Brazil and Venezuela and participation in the Presidential Strategic Table of the South American and African countries (ASA).

Chavez also said it was "very possible" that Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro will attend the inauguration of Colombia's president-elect Juan Manuel Santos, to be held on Saturday, adding that the issue is still being discussed.

Source: Xinhua


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