Venezuela pulls out as facilitator of Colombian peace talks

May 30, 2013 4:19 AM

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Venezuela pulls out as facilitator of Colombian peace talks

BOGOTA, Colombia – Venezuela recalled its ambassador and ended its participation in peace talks Wednesday after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with the losing opposition candidate in Venezuela’s recent presidential election.

Santos received losing candidate Henrique Capriles at the presidential palace in Bogota. Capriles has charged that the Venezuelan presidency was stolen from him in the April 14 election by the apparent winner, Nicolas Maduro, the late President Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor.

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