Venezuela border safer – Colombia
The Colombian government said crime and smuggling have gone down since Venezuela deployed thousands of troops along their common border two months ago.
The move was initially criticised by Colombia, which complained that it had not been consulted.
But Colombian Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas has now published a review hailing the results.
The number of murders in the border area has dropped by 10%, he said.
More than 150,000 gallons of petrol and 400 cattle have been seized by Colombian forces since Venezuela’s border security operation was launched on 19 August.