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Venezuela Deports FARC Suspect to Colombia

Joaquin Perez, a suspected Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC rebel is escorted by policemen after his arrival at Bogota police anti-drugs hangar and airport base April 25, 2011.

Venezuela has deported to Colombia a man authorities say has ties to the FARC rebel group, in a sign of warming relations between the two countries.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told reporters Monday that he had called Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to alert him that suspect Joaquin Perez was on a flight to Venezuela.

Santos said Chavez had complied with his request to have Perez arrested when he arrived in Venezuela Saturday.

Perez is accused of running a website promoting the FARC rebels and being a liaison in Europe for the militant group.

Ties between Colombia and Venezuela have been strained over Colombia's accusations that Venezuela harbors top FARC officials.

FARC is the short name for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.