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Weekly Report - 07 October 2021 (WR-21-40)

COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA: Moving to reopen the border

There were some signs of a thawing in the icy relationship between Colombia and Venezuela this week, with the Venezuelan government opening border crossings on 5 October that had been closed since February 2019, and to vehicles since 2015. Whilst Colombia has yet to reopen its side, Venezuela’s move was followed a day later by Colombia’s President Iván Duque saying that his government is willing to reopen consular services in Venezuela – although there was no sign of any intention to resume full diplomatic relations, the severing of which resulted in the total closure of land borders over two and a half years ago.

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