Venezuela bor­der safer – Colom­bia

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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