AMERICA/COLOMBIA - The border with Venezuela reopens

Saturday, 13 August 2016 area crisis   refugees  

Cucuta (Agenzia Fides) - Five border crossings, of which the most important, Cucuta towards San Antonio del Tachira, will be reopened today, Saturday, August 13, according to the agreements by the presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in a meeting held in Puerto Ordaz on Thursday.
According to agencies, the President of Colombia stated that the five main border crossing points will be open every day for fifteen hours. "It is a first step" added Maduro, arguing that "it is necessary to do everything possible for the success of this decision".
President Maduro decided to close the border with Colombia about a year ago to counter smuggling and drug trafficking. Maduro blocked the borders and declared a state of emergency (see Fides 01/09/2015). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 13/08/2016)