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La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, September 4, 2021, p. 2. 3

Bogota The Colombian army believes that a lieutenant colonel, kidnapped in April this year in the department of Arauca (bordering Venezuela), was assassinated by dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in that country, the institution said yesterday.

According to information from highly credible sources, criminals from the residual armed group that held our officer, Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Enrique Pérez, kidnapped in Venezuelan territory, had murdered him, the Colombian army said in a statement.

Members of the FARC dissidents, whom the authorities call Grupo Armado Residual Décimo, took Pérez away when he was in the Colombian municipality of Saravena. The other active Colombian guerrilla, the National Liberation Army (ELN), also has a presence in that area.

On the other hand, delegates from the border zone of Colombia and Venezuela met yesterday to study a controlled and progressive opening of the border with biosafety measures, after two years of talks.

The meeting of the cross-border table took place on Venezuelan soil, in San Antonio de Táchira, and was described as historic by Fredy Alirio Bernal, deputy delegated by the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, to receive the Colombian delegation headed by Víctor Bautista, secretary of Borders of Norte de Santander.

In a joint statement, the delegates informed the press that they reached agreements that will be subject to the approval of the national authorities, although there are immediate measures.

For example, the permit will go into operation immediately for 371 boys and girls who need to present school tests on the Colombian side on September 4 and 5.

It was also agreed to start a student corridor between the two countries, for which three vaccination points will be enabled in Venezuela in Boca de Gritá, San Antonio and Ureña. The government of Norte de Santander assured that the vaccination points for students will be enabled from next Monday.

However, they did not immediately define what the return to classes will be like for thousands of students who live in Táchira and study in Norte de Santander. For the moment, they created a working group that will coordinate the logistics.