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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has expressed his government's willingness to reset ties with Colombia.
Chavez on Sunday urged rebels in neighboring Colombia to lay down arms, and warned the new government of President Juan Manuel Santos to avoid making accusations that Venezuela helps the leftist guerrillas.
Chavez and Santos want a new start in relations, for the sake of peace in the volatile Andean region, and the restoration of their annual 7 billion US dollar bilateral trade.
Chavez says he wants to meet directly with Santos, who took office on Saturday. Venezuela severed ties with Colombia last month, in the latest swing of their on-again, off-again relationship.