Colombia Questions Venezuela’s Border Closure To Stem Smuggling
Colombia on Wednesday questioned an effort by Venezuela to reduce smuggling of heavily subsidized fuel and food by shutting their shared border overnight, saying joint military cooperation would be more effective. Venezuela shut traffic across the border into Colombia between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning this week, to limit the movement of cargo vehicles in border municipalities and prevent lucrative cross-border trade. Colombia’s Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin told reporters “This is a unilateral decision by Venezuela’s government. We don’t believe that closing the border will control contraband.” Holguin added that ackling the illegal movement of goods across 2,219 kilometers of shared border needs continued cooperation between the armed forces of both countries.
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