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Presidents meet in bid to heal rift

The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia are to meet in Bogota in a bid to restore diplomatic relations between the neighbours.

The meeting in Colombia's capital comes after Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez broke off relations with the country last month.

Mr Chavez reacted furiously when Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe released evidence purportedly showing that Colombian rebels were given refuge inside Venezuela, a claim Mr Chavez vehemently denies. But Mr Uribe has been succeeded as president by Juan Manuel Santos.

Mr Santos has taken a more conciliatory tone with Venezuela and left-winger Mr Chavez has also expressed hope for improved relations with Mr Santos in office.


From Belfast Telegraph