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| 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.

The four members of Venezuela's national guard, who were detained in Colombia on Sunday and released a day later, were not on Colombian territory when they were taken, a Venezuelan national guard general said yesterday.

"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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