Venezuela Blames Climate Change after Its Troops Invade Colombia

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invasión a Colombia culpando al cause del río Arauca
The government of Venezuela confirmed soldiers who invaded neighboring territory were part of a group carrying out operations to combat supposed criminal acts by Colombians near the border. (Flickr)

Espa√ĪolVenezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week by claiming the constantly changing direction of a river near the border accidentally led the soldiers beyond their jurisdiction.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the¬†Venezuelan soldiers entered¬†Colombia’s eastern department of Arauca as a result of the¬†Arauca River, which she said is constantly changing its flow and direction.

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A diplomatic commission still has to clarify the incident, which is reportedly expected in the coming hours.

The government of Venezuela confirmed soldiers who invaded neighboring territory were part of a group carrying out operations to combat supposed criminal acts by Colombians near the border.

 

According to Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos, the issue was addressed during a¬†phone conversation with Venezuela President¬†Nicol√°s Maduro. Santos reportedly told him it was “unacceptable” for Venezuelan troops to enter another country and raise their¬†flag¬†‚ÄĒ¬†a gesture that could have been interpreted as a violation of Colombian sovereignty.

Maduro told¬†Santos the troops¬†had already left the area, and rejected versions of the incident allegedly distorting it into an “invasion” of Colombian territory, which generated considerable discomfort for¬†the inhabitants of¬†Arauca.

Venezuelan soldiers reportedly lowered their flag and were seen off by Colombian residents, who sang Colombia’s national anthem as they went.

This is not the first time such a military controversy has taken place between the two nations. Venezuelan soldiers have entered Colombia and been asked to return to their country on multiple occasions.

Source: La F.M, Blu Radio

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