Colombia and Venezuela to normalize ties after border row


QUITO: Colombia and Venezuela agreed Monday to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro. The two countries have been locked in a border conflict for a month, after Maduro ordered the closure of part of the frontier, saying some of his military were attacked during an anti-smuggling operation by Colombian paramilitaries. Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, who hosted the talks in Quito, made the announcement in a joint statement that said Santos and Maduro had authorized the “immediate return of their respective ambassadors.” The talks — facilitated by Correa and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez — lasted five hours and also saw an agreement that the two countries conduct an “investigation of the situation on the border.”



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