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Colombia head tackles border woes

Aug 18--Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has met local leaders in the border town of Cucuta to discuss the economic impact of the current crisis with Venezuela.

18 de agosto de 2009

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez cut off diplomatic ties with Colombia in July and is aiming to reduce trade links.

He is angry at a decision by Colombia to grant the US military permission to use seven bases on Colombian soil.

Businesses on both sides of the border have been increasingly affected by the drop in trade.

President Chavez has said it would take a complete reversal of the decision over the military bases in Colombia to normalise relations.
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