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Colombian new president resets ties with Venezuela, Ecuador, gets positive response

08-09-2010 09:21 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday vowed to reset ties with neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador, and the two countries also expressed their willingness to restore ties with Colombia.

In his inaugural speech in Bogota, Santos said one of his priorities is to reset bilateral ties with Venezuela and Ecuador.

"One of my fundamental aims as president, will be to reset ties with Venezuela and Ecuador, to restore the trust and to privilege the diplomacy and the prudence," Santos said.

Ecuador severed ties with Colombia in March 2008, after the Colombian Army raided a guerilla camp in Ecuador. Quito accused Colombia of violating its territorial sovereignty.

Venezuela broke off diplomatic ties with Colombia last month after the government of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe accused Venezuela of hosting Colombian guerilla leaders in its territory.

"When I think about the ties of Colombia with its neighbors or any other nations in the planet, the word war is not in my book (dictionary)," Santos said.


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