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I'm not sure why anyone would look to external remedies for the situation ("let's just blow them up; they're the bad guys!") when it's obvious that the imbalance from which all this arises comes from within us first. That is what needs to change, if peace is ever possible.
CARACAS, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed two Venezuelan soldiers near the border with Colombia in the latest incident fueling tensions between the Andean neighbors, Caracas said on Tuesday.
A gang of four men on motorbikes ambushed the two soldiers at a checkpoint in Venezuela's western state of Tachira where Colombian rebels, paramilitary militia on both sides and drug-trafficking groups all operate.
Local army head Franklin Marquez said the killing of the soldiers, both shot in the back, could be vengeance for a recent crackdown on criminal activities in the area.
Situation UpdateVenezuela deploys 15,000 more troops to border with Colombia
CARACAS, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela announced Thursday a supplementary deployment of more than 15,000 agents of the National Guard to six border states amid alleged invasion of Colombian irregular groups.
The troops would be deployed to the southern states of Amazonas, Apure and Bolivar, and to the southwestern states of Barinas, Tachira and Zuila, Venezuelan Vice President and Defense Minister Ramon Carrizalez told the press on Thursday.
The deployment, called "Sentinel Operation," aimed to strike illegal mining and combat the presence of irregular groups in the Venezuelan territory.
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia said on Sunday it will appeal to the U.N. Security Council and the OAS after Hugo Chavez, the fiery leftist president of neighboring Venezuela, ordered his army to prepare for war in order to assure peace.
For months Chavez has said that a military cooperation pact signed last month between Bogota and Washington could set the stage for a U.S. invasion of Venezuela from Colombian territory.
The United States and Colombia dismiss that idea, saying cooperation is aimed strictly at fighting drug traffickers and Marxist insurgents within Colombia.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Brazil and the U.S. urged Colombia and Venezuela on Tuesday to talk out their differences after Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez ordered his military to prepare for a possible war with his neighbor.
The push for diplomacy came as many in both Colombia and Venezuela dismissed Chavez's words as an attempt to distract attention from domestic problems, including the struggling economy and water shortages and power blackouts.
Colombia has detained four members of the Venezuelan national guard on Colombian soil amid continuing tension between the South American neighbours.
President Alvaro Uribe said they would be returned to Venezuela with the message that there was "unbreakable affection" between the two countries.