Colombia-Venezuela border integration put on hold
Previous meetings were called off
The meeting between Colombian Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín and her Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro was to be held in Arauca, Colombia, last June 12, but it was called off due to "schedule issues." The same happened on August 26, the new date set for the meeting.
The electricity interconnection between Apure state (southwest Venezuela) and the Arauca department (Colombia), binational security, health and economy, and the construction of the National Border Assistance Center are the pending topics on the agenda, as stated in August by the governor of the Arauca department, José Facundo Castillo Cisneros.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."