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President Correa denies claims that FARC funded his campaign

Video by Nicolas GERMAIN , Florence VILLEMINOT

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-19

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has repeated his denial of ties to Colombian rebel group FARC, despite a video released a day earlier in which a rebel leader says he helped finance Correa's 2006 election campaign.

AFP - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa denied anew Saturday ties to Colombian rebel group FARC, despite a video released a day earlier in which a rebel leader say he donated to Correa's 2006 campaign.
  
The video, distributed in Colombia and certified as authentic by the country's intelligence service, shows a meeting between a military leader from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and rebel guerillas.
  
"Personally, I don't know anyone who belongs to FARC," Correa said in his weekly radio and television address, in which he described the accusations coming from Colombia as "outrageous."
  
The video, extracts of which were broadcast on Colombian television on Friday, shows military chief Jorge Briceno telling FARC members that the group has offered "financing in dollars" to Correa's election campaign.
  
Relations between Colombia and Ecuador have been strained since a 2008 raid launched by Colombian forces against a FARC camp in Ecuadorian territory.
  
Correa said he would ask a commission established to investigate that raid to also examine whether FARC had donated to his 2006 presidential campaign.

Date created : 2009-07-18

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