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Colombia:  Dispute with Venezuela Resolved


Colombia's government has announced the end of a dispute with Venezuela over the capture of a Colombian leftist rebel leader by bounty hunters on Venezuelan soil.

Bogota released a statement Friday, saying the incident between the South American neighbors has been resolved, and that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will meet with his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, on February 3 in Venezuela.

Officials in Caracas welcomed the development.

Colombia has acknowledged paying bounty hunters to capture Rodrigo Granda from Caracas and take him back to Colombia. Mr. Granda is a member of the rebel group known as the FARC.

Venezuela accused Colombia of violating Venezuela's sovereignty in what it says was a kidnapping. Colombia denied the accusation, saying the capture was a legitimate part of its war against the rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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