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Maduro orders reopening of border crossings with Colombia

IANS  |  Caracas 

Venezuelan Nicolas has announced the reopening of his country's border crossings with

"In full exercise of our sovereignty, I have ordered the opening of the border crossings with in the Tachira State, as of this Saturday #8Jun. We are peaceful people who firmly defend our independence and self-determination," said in a tweet on Friday.

On February 22, ordered the border crossings between and in Tachira state to be closed, a day before the Venezuelan opposition unsuccessfully tried to bring in humanitarian aid by force to relieve shortages of medical supplies, reports news.

Since then, the crossings at the three of the four bridges between the two in the area had been restricted, although access for people with medical issues and students are allowed.

In the last few years, the has ordered its land and maritime borders to be closed on several occasions, alleging foreign interference and other causes acting against the so-called Bolivarian Revolution that began under Maduro's mentor and predecessor,

Despite the closures, the flow of migrants between Colombia and has continued through irregular or informal border crossings.

says that it has taken more than five million Colombians, while the UN on Friday estimated that four million Venezuelans had left the country since 2016 due to the acute economic crisis gripping the

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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 08:54 IST
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