News | 11/18/2009 12:00:00 AM
Venezuela, Colombia spar over arrests
Nov 18--TENSIONS mounted between rival South American nations Venezuela and Colombia on Tuesday as Caracas accused Bogota of detaining four of its soldiers in international waters.
"They were approached by Colombian military forces... in the Meta River. The Meta River is part of international waters," said Orlando Mijares, a general in the national guard and regional commander of the Venezuelan border state of Amazonas.
"This goes against a treaty on border demarcation and river navigation signed by the two governments, which is in force and mentions free navigation of the rivers that separate the two countries," Gen Mijares told state television VTV.
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