Colombia: There was no agreement on border closure
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Colombia: There was no agreement on border closure

Colombia’s foreign minister says Venezuela decided unilaterally to close the countries’ shared border nightly, and her government does not believe it will have the desired effect of diminishing food and gasoline smuggling.

María Ángela Holguín’s statement to reporters Wednesday contradicted reports by official Venezuelan media that the two countries’ presidents had agreed on the measure during an Aug. 1 meeting.

Local officials on both sides of the border complained that the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. closure that took effect Monday night will hurt the thousands of Colombians and Venezuelans who work on opposite sides of the 1,400-mile (2,200-kilometer) frontier.

Venezuela also sent 17,000 soldiers to the region to enforce what Venezuela has called a 30-day trial closure.

Associated Press