Colombia refuses third-country verification of rebels' presence in Venezuela

16:55, August 13, 2010      

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Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin ruled out the possibility of a third country's verification to determine whether there are Colombian rebel camps in Venezuela, El Tiempo newspaper said Thursday.

"We are looking forward. We are going to see which security mechanisms we will enforce," Holguin was quoted as saying.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cut ties with Colombia on July 22 after Bogota accused Caracas of sheltering left-wing Colombian rebels. However, diplomatic relations were restored after Chavez met with Colombia's newly inaugurated President Juan Manuel Santos.

Holguin said she was to meet with her Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Aug. 20 and discuss the establishment of five commissions reached during the two presidents' meeting.

These commissions were initiated to address joint issues especially over economy, free trade and security.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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