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Colombia-Venezuela Relations Reach Low Point After Guerrilla Attack on Border

LADB Article ID: 56197
Category/Department: Region
Date: 1995-03-24
By: LADB Staff

In late February, Colombian guerrillas attacked a Venezuelan border post on the Rio Meta, 750 km. southeast of Caracas, killing eight Venezuelan marines. Although the attack set off the most serious tensions between the neighboring countries in a decade, diplomats have so far managed to prevent the outbreak of another costly Latin America border war. Like Peru and Ecuador protagonists of a five-week undeclared war that began in late January Colombia and Venezuela share a lengthy, sparsely populated border that has been the scene of sporadic violence.

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