Colombia's Santos ready to meet Maduro — with conditions

Colombians leaving Venezuela with their belongings cross the bordering Tachira River to Cucuta, Colombia, on August 28, 2015Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he will meet his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro over the border crisis between the South American countries — but only with certain conditions. The row flared on August 19 when Maduro closed the border with Colombia after blaming Colombia-based right-wing paramilitaries for the wounding of three Venezuelan anti-smuggling patrolmen. Maduro has also blamed smuggling by Colombians living in Venezuela for shortages of basic goods in his country.

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