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(CNN Spanish) - The questioned president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, called a defense council on Monday night to fight what he called "the threat" of Colombia against Venezuela.
Accompanied by the military leadership, its ministers, prosecutor Tarek William Saab and other authorities, the president announced that his Government will denounce before international bodies, including the United Nations, "the escalation of violence" that exists from Colombia to Venezuela.
Maduro spoke of an alleged conspiracy from the neighboring country to "send terrorist groups" to Venezuela, so he also called on the Colombian people and their political sectors to maintain peace in the region. He also asked Latin American countries to intercede in this process.
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Maduro accused Colombia of taking as an excuse the failure of peace agreements to want to threaten Venezuela.
"Venezuela does not get into that war," said the president.
The president also said that civilians and / or soldiers who are in Venezuela or other territories and who are found guilty of treason will be punished. He reiterated that they will increase the penalties for such crimes.
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This Tuesday they begin military exercises on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, after Maduro decreed orange alert in the area a week ago. These exercises will run until September 28 and are one of the Venezuelan Government's responses to the alleged threat of the neighboring country.