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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Benefits from Improved Relations with Colombia

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 78660
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2012-06-29
By: Andrés Gaudín

At the highpoint in recent Colombia-Venezuela relations, when Presidents Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela had found, despite deep ideological differences, a way to maintain a good balance in the relationship, a detachment of Colombian guerrillas, apparently hiding in Venezuelan territory, entered Colombia and ambushed and killed 12 Army soldiers who were patrolling the border area The incident happened at a critical moment in Venezuela. Little more than four months before the presidential elections, this rich South American country's highly charged and suffocating political climate is filled with daily accusations from both government supporters and opponents that the other is hatching apocalyptic plots to either stay in power or take it over.

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