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Captured Venezuelan soldiers to be freed by Colombia

Published 16/11/2009

Four soldiers from Venezuela's National Guard captured in Colombian territory will be repatriated in a bid to ease tensions between the South American neighbours.

The Colombian navy intercepted the men on Friday in El Aceitico along the border, Colombia's DAS intelligence agency said.

It said they were travelling in a boat inside which Venezuelan military uniforms were found.

Long-standing tensions have worsened in recent months over Colombia's agreement to give the US military more access to its bases, a deal Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez says is a threat to his country.

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