Venezuela to ask UN for help in clearing land mines near Colombian border

By Reuters12 days ago


CARACAS, April 4 (Reuters) - Venezuela will ask the United Nations to help remove landmines in its territory that it says have been deployed by “irregular“ armed groups near the Colombian border, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday.

Maduro's government on Thursday said two soldiers were killed by a land mine during military operations in the state of Apure, where clashes between soldiers and armed groups has led thousands of Venezuelans to flee across the border.

The government will ask UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for “immediate emergency assistance so that they can bring all of the techniques to deactivate the minefields that these irregular groups have left behind,“ Maduro said in a televised broadcast.

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