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Weekly Report - 10 September 2015 (WR-15-36)

VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: Maduro extends the border closures northward

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has continued to switch from conciliatory language to actions that exacerbate the tensions with Colombia that have been rising since he first closed a stretch of border with Colombia on 19 August and started deporting illegal Colombian immigrants, triggering a wave of voluntary repatriations. On 7 September Maduro welcomed the acceptance by his Colombian peer Juan Manuel Santos of a mediation offer by Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez; the following day he closed another stretch of the border.

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