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Venezuela accuses Colombia of plot

Global News Briefs 04 Sep, 2019 Follow News

Venezuela accuses Colombia of plot

The Venezuelan government has presented evidence of what it called paramilitary training camps in neighbouring Colombia to plot violent attacks to undermine President Nicolás Maduro.


Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez appeared on state television to accuse Colombian President Iván Duque of doing nothing to stop the aggression against Venezuela — or even supporting it.


Mr Rodríguez showed satellite images and coordinates that he said prove the existence of three paramilitary camps along the border inside Colombia. They are used to train 200 armed men, he said, at times directly addressing Mr Duque.


"If you brought this kind of evidence to Venezuela, we would act immediately," Mr Rodríguez said. "We are sure you won't do anything, because you are complicit with these terrorists."


The accusation comes amid mounting tensions between the two South American nations as Colombia's government backs a campaign by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to oust Mr Maduro's socialist government.

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