Canada Concerned Over Venezuela-Colombia Tensions

(No. 340 - November 10, 2009 - 5 p.m. EST) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement expressing concern over the buildup of tensions between Venezuela and Colombia:

“Canada is very concerned over the current tensions in Venezuela-Colombia relations. The use of unnecessary rhetoric only serves to exacerbate matters. It fails to illuminate, but rather confuses the situation. I urge the governments of Venezuela and Colombia to engage in constructive dialogue.

“Canada will continue to follow developments closely.”

For more information on Canada’s relations with Venezuela, please visit Canada - Venezuela Relations and Venezuela.

For details on Canada’s relations with Colombia, consult Canada - Colombia Relations and Colombia.

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