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Colombia-Venezuela Relations

Venezuela Prolongs Border Closure as Colombia Admits Drop in Crime

The border with Colombia in Venezuela’s Tachira state has been closed since mid-August. (TeleSUR/Archive)

The Venezuelan government announced a 60-day extension of partial closures along its western Colombian border on Monday after Bogota acknowledged a drop in crime and smuggling in the border region. 

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Ernesto Villegas: Bachaqueo is the Free Market in its Worst Dimension

Ernesto Villegas (Photo: AVN)

The renowned Venezuelan journalist and politician Eneresto Villegas discusses bachaqueo, or the widespread practice of reselling food items, from a Marxist perspective.

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Venezuela will Permit Colombian Deportees to Return and Seek Legal Status

Nicolas Maduro and Ernesto Samper. (Photo: RNV)

According to a statement released Monday by the UNASUR, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will allow Colombians who were deported during the August crackdown on border smuggling to return to the country and seek legal immigration status. 

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Venezuela Congratulates Colombia on Historic Advance in Peace Talks

Colombian President Manuel Santos shakes hands with FARC leader Timochenko in Havana on Wednesday (Justice for Colombia).

The Venezuelan government has officially congratulated the administration of Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia after an agreement was signed to bring an end to the country’s 60 year long civil war. 

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Fourth Border Closed as State of Exception Extended to Amazonas State

The Venezuela-Colombia border in the state of Amazonas is the fourth to have been closed since the attack in August (Photo: Tele

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved to close the Colombian-Venezuela border in Amazonas state on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after having met with his Colombian counterpart. The border is the fourth to have been closed between the two countries over the past six weeks.

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Venezuela and Colombia Strike Deal to Fight Drug and Border Smuggling

President Nicolas Maduro (left) and President Santos (right) have agreed to "normalize ties" (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos agreed to “normalize relations” and work cooperatively Monday after a month-long spat over Venezuela’s closure of their shared border.

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Venezuela Fights Racism with Colombian Citizen Program

Venezuelan government officials announce the launch of the registration program. (AVN)

The Venezuelan government launched on Saturday a new registration program for Colombian nationals living in Venezulean territory, which forms part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat xenophobia.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Proposes Cucuta Gasoline Deal, Expands Border Closure

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Xinhua/Presidential Press)

In the lead-up to talks with his Colombian counterpart, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed a series of measures aimed at resolving the tense border conflict, including the sale of Venezuelan gasoline in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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Venezuela Denies Violating Colombian Airspace, Accuses Bogota of Derailing Talks

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (AVN)

The Venezuelan government has denied a claim made by its Colombian counterpart alleging a violation of its airspace by two Venezuelan military aircraft on Saturday.

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Imaginary Lines - Venezuela-Colombia Border Crisis

In this week's program, host Michael Fox interviews independent journalist Z.C. Dutka from on what's behind President Nicolas Maduro's decision to close the border with Colombia and the international press uproar over the deportation of 1,000 Colombians. Also, the latest in the biased media campaign by Human Rights Watch against Ecuador, falsely claiming that environmental activists are being persecuted, and first-hand accounts by Colombians living in Venezuela.

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