Saturday, July 24th 2010 - 05:23 UTC

Colombia insists on a reply to its claims of Venezuelan tolerance with guerrillas

Colombia insisted Friday that no reply has been given yet to “the heart of the matter” in the diplomatic row with Venezuela and those are the claims of ‘tolerated’ Colombian guerrilla presence in Venezuelan territory. Bogotá also recalled that all mediations and dialogue proposals so far have been “unfruitful”.

Foreign Affairs minister Jaime Bermúdez

“Colombia considers that there is so far no reply to the heart of the matter”, said in a brief encounter with the press Colombian Foreign Affairs minister Jaime Bermúdez who requested a “specific mechanism” to help re-establish relations with Venezuela, and “not a simple dialogue”.

As to the mediation “specific proposals” which have been emerging lately, Bermudez said that Colombia has always been open to dialogue and even had an “exchange of opinions” directly with Venezuela, and at that moment called on Spain and Cuba to help with the situation.

Bermúdez added that Colombia “accepted and promoted” the mediation offered by the president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández, that allegedly was rejected by President Chavez.

All these efforts and attempt have been “unfruitful” and that is why Colombia decided to appeal to the “corresponding international instances”, who insisted that a specific mechanism is needed “to solve the heart of the matter”.

And this is the reiterated claims by Colombian that Venezuela has given refuge to an estimated 1.500 guerrillas belonging to the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) and to the National Liberation Army, ELN, as well as some of their leaders.

Colombia at this week’s OAS Council meeting presented photos, videos, films and other alleged evidence of the Venezuelan government tolerance towards the 1.500 strong force which routinely attacks the Colombian army from across the border.


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1 harrier61 (#) Jul 24th, 2010 - 06:33 pm Report abuse
Don't be daft. Why would Venezuela ADMIT what it has been doing?
2 briton (#) Jul 24th, 2010 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
they both backed argentina against us,
now i wonder who she will back in return, or will she just turn a blind eye
3 Bubba (#) Jul 26th, 2010 - 10:47 am Report abuse
Chavez has defacto admitted complicity by publically stating that FARC needs to rethink the armed strategy. This allows some distance from the evidence presented by Colombia.
4 harrier61 (#) Jul 26th, 2010 - 04:46 pm Report abuse
Although the devil you know is better than the devil you don't, the best distance for Chavez is 1500 miles due east!
5 briton (#) Jul 27th, 2010 - 09:42 pm Report abuse
they say chaves is a [hazel] and the argies are [nuts]
so they work well together,

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