Fearing state repression, farmers in the Cataumbo region of Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, have formally requested asylum in Venezuela, and are already being attended. At the same time Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro met with Colombian president Juan Santos in order to restore relations between the two countries.
After Colombian president Juan Santos announced on the weekend that his government intended to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Venezuelan and other Latin American governments responded with concern for the region’s peace.
Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said that he will take Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), following accusations by the Venezuelan head that Uribe was involved in plots against him.
Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who will challenge current president Hugo Chavez to the presidency in October, flew to Colombia on Wednesday where he took part in a “strictly” private meeting with the country's president, Manuel Santos.
Yesterday, while addressing a press conference, ex-president Alvaro Uribe of Colombia said that he “lacked time” as his presidential term came to an end to fulfil his desire of a military intervention into Venezuela.
By James Jordan - Alliance for Global Justice, Jul 31st 2012
The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million for its operations in the Andean Region. The grant comes from USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) and its timing coincides with the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela.