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Latest update : 2008-03-06

Rafael Correa urged the international community to issue a "clear condemnation" of Colombia for its military operation against FARC in Ecuador. Earlier, the Organization of American States criticised the raid.

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa late Wednesday asked the international community to issue a "clear condemnation" of Colombia for its cross-border military incursion into Ecuadoran territory.
   
Correa's comment after meeting here with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is siding with Ecuador in its spat with Colombia, followed an Organization of American States resolution Wednesday saying Colombia had violated Ecuador's sovereignty, but stopping short of formally condemning the action.
   
"Ecuador will not rest until the international community issues a clear condemnation of Colombia as an aggressor," said Correa, who was on a a tour of Latin America to drum up support for his cause.
   
He welcomed the OAS decision as an "important first step," and welcomed the Washington-based body's decision to send a committee to investigate the matter.
   
Colombia's attack Saturday on a camp of Colombia's leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), just inside Ecuador, that killed the group's number-two, has led to a diplomatic rupture between Ecuador and Venezuela, on one side, and Colombia.
   
Ecuador and Venezuela have moved troops to their respective borders with Colombia, which has received support from its top war-on-drugs ally the United States.
   
In welcoming the OAS probe and in demanding that it also issue a condemnation of Colombia, Correa warned: "if Ecuador doesn't get satisfaction, we'll know how to exact it with our own methods, and the OAS and the international community, by their silence and omissions, will be the guilty ones."
   
He did not elaborate, although earlier Wednesday he had warned that Ecuador would "go to the ultimate consequences."
   
"We're using up all diplomatic channels, all the peaceful and international channels to resolve this conflict, because we will not allow the attacker of our sovereignty to go unpunished."

Date created : 2008-03-06

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