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Venezuela And Colombia Kiss And Make Up

From Reuters and YouTube:

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela make peace

Published: Friday, March 07, 2008

Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela ended a dispute today, publicly shaking hands at a summit after a week of troop buildups that also saw several countries cutting ties with Colombia.

“And with this … this incident that has caused so much damage would be resolved,” leftist Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said before standing up and shaking hands with his U.S.-backed Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who had blamed the United States for the crisis as he sent tanks to the border with U.S.-ally Colombia, joined in shaking Uribe’s hand vigorously, applauding loudly and smiling broadly.

The resolution of the dispute, which erupted on Saturday when Colombia raided inside Ecuador to kill a commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was a surprise ending to the summit.

The handshakes were broadcast live on television across Latin America in response to a special request from summit host Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez.

Earlier Uribe and Correa had clashed at the meeting.

Correa had called his conservative Colombian counterpart a liar after he accused him of links to guerrillas.

The crisis had spread across the region with leftist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua joining Ecuador in cutting diplomatic ties with Colombia, while Venezuela and Ecuador poured troops to their borders against the strongest U.S. ally in the region.

Nicaragua responded to the ending of the dispute by restoring ties with Colombia.

We’ll see how long it lasts.

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