Santos: Chávez Made Commitment Not to Allow Guerrilla Groups in Venezuela

By Dialogo
August 13, 2010

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez made a commitment to his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos “not to allow the presence of armed groups in his territory,” the Colombian president affirmed Tuesday at the conclusion of a summit in Santa Marta (Colombia).

“President Chávez reiterated to me today that he is not going to allow the presence of armed groups in his territory. I believe that this is an important step for maintaining this relationship on firm foundations,” Santos told the press.

Chávez and Santos agreed Tuesday to restore diplomatic relations between their countries, which were broken off on 22 July following the allegation by Alvaro Uribe’s prior Colombian administration that Colombian guerrillas were taking refuge in Venezuela.