Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales backtracked on Thursday from a vow to create armed civilian militias similar to notorious 'colectivos' in Venezuela, were he to be allowed back to his homeland.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) presented on Thursday the balance of its main humanitarian concerns in Colombia, highlighting a deterioration of security conditions in the most remote areas of the country. The cases of armed conflicts and the violence that has continued to plague Colombia in recent decades, as well as the recent mass exodus of Venezuelan migrants, showed a complex humanitarian context.
Walter Arízala, known better under his alias Guacho, was wanted for the murder of two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver earlier this year. On Friday, Colombian President Ivan Duque said he was killed in an operation near the Ecuadorean border.
A Paraguayan guerrilla group has freed two Mennonite men it had been holding hostage for five months. The two were released after their families paid a ransom and handed over food to local communities, Paraguayan media report.
Paraguay troops begun pouring into two Northern provinces Monday evening where a state of exception was declared to try and combat an outbreak of guerrilla attacks that has killed members of the police forces, kidnapped for ransom and robbed local banks.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos said this week that military forces know the exact hiding place and movements of the FARC guerrilla maximum leader, Alfonso Cano, and brushed aside any chance that he might escape.
Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate who was held captive by the FARC guerrilla for six years, accuses Colombia of treating her worse than a criminal since she was rescued in 2008, according to reports in the Argentine press.
Venezuela has rejected Colombia's accusation that Caracas tolerates Colombian guerrillas on its territory. The charge was a desperate attempt to undermine relations between the two countries, particularly with the incoming administration of president-elect Juan Manuel Santos, the Venezuelan foreign ministry said.