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Caracas, Tuesday January 25 , 2005  
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Colombia and Venezuela strive to find a solution to diplomatic impasse

Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco on Tuesday ensured that she keeps on working with her Venezuelan counterpart Alí Rodríguez Araque to find a solution to overcome a bilateral diplomatic crisis sparked by the alleged capture in Caracas of the ¿chancellor¿ of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) Rodrigo Granda.

Speaking to Colombian Radio W station from New York, Barco stated that she has entered into an ¿open and continuous dialogue with Venezuelan Foreign Minister.¿ ¿We are engaged in this diplomatic task and will be devoted to it during the days to come,¿ she added.

Commenting on claims that bilateral talks to overcome the diplomatic impasse have been labeled ¿truckers¿ diplomacy,¿ Barco just said that the Colombian and Venezuelan Foreign Ministries have been engaged in a quiet and very constructive dialogue, reported the Venezuelan official news agency ABN.

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