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Venezuela presents evidence of Colombian paramilitary camps training opposition

VENEZUELA has accused Colombia of harbouring paramilitary training camps where opponents of the elected government plan violent attacks.

The accusation came as Colombian President Ivan Duque boasted that he had ordered a bombing raid that killed nine alleged members of the Farc former guerilla movement who had joined a renewed armed uprising against the government.

The Farc renounced its 60-year armed struggle in 2016 and leader Timoshenko insists almost all its members remain committed to the peace process.

But one of its senior commanders, Ivan Marquez, announced a resumption of military action last week because the Colombian government has not kept its side of the peace deal, with right-wing paramilitaries murdering hundreds of former Farc members, including many now standing for election, and killing scores of community leaders and trade unionists.

Army chief Nicacio Martinez Espinel has been implicated in the “false positives” scandal, in which thousands of civilians were murdered and dressed up as guerillas to secure promotion and cash rewards for soldiers on the basis of how many “insurgents” they killed.

He has recently been attacked for demanding that regional commanders increase the number of militants they kill, which critics say encourages a resumption of widespread killing of civilians.

Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez showed satellite images of paramilitary training camps in Colombia close to the Venezuelan border, where militants train for actions aimed at overthrowing the Venezuelan government.

But Mr Duque accused Venezuela of sponsoring the new revolt by a section of the Farc.


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