Venezuelan Diplomats to Return to Colombia

Ecuador not ready to reconcile after standoff
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2008 5:35 AM CDT
Trucks cross the border with Colombia in Paraguachon, Venezuela, Saturday, March 8, 2008. After intense regional diplomacy and debate, during the Rio Group Summit in Dominican Republic, Latin American...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Venezuela will return its diplomats to Colombia after last week’s border crisis was largely resolved at a regional summit. Ecuadorean diplomats say it will take longer for them to return, reports the BBC. Colombian forces killed an important rebel leader inside Ecuador last week, provoking a bristling regional standoff.

Both Ecuador and Venezuela sent troops to their borders and their rhetoric grew increasingly militant until Friday's summit. The Organization of American States issued a 20-point statement that declared that Colombia’s troops would not cross its neighbors' borders again. Venezuela called the summit a "victory for peace and sovereignty which demonstrated the importance of Latin American unity."