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Colombia restoring ties with Ecuador at charge d'affaires level

Colombia restoring ties with Ecuador at charge d'affaires level

Colombia and Ecuador said Friday that they are restoring diplomatic ties at the charge d'affaires level following mediation by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Ecuador pulled its ambassador in anger after a cross-border Colombian military raid March 1 on a leftist rebel camp in which a senior Colombian guerrilla and 24 other people were killed.
Its foreign minister, Maria Isabel Salvador, told reporters in Quito on Friday that President Rafael Correa had "given instructions to proceed immediately." She did not take questions.
In Colombia, President Alvaro Uribe's spokesman, Cesar Mauricio Velasquez, said in a similarly brief announcement that Uribe, in addition, had re-affirmed his readiness to restore full ties.
The announcements followed a statement issued by the Carter Center in Atlanta that said Uribe and Correa had "confirmed their willingness" to restore ties "immediately and without preconditions."
The raid killed the foreign minister of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and triggered a crisis in which Ecuador and Venezuela announced the mobilization of troops to their borders with Colombia.
The Carter Center's director for the Americas, Jennifer McCoy, told the AP it had been working with both governments since the raid.
"We talked about renewing relations at the lower level would be a good first step and they agreed on that today," she said.
Prior to the March 1 raid, Colombia had complained that both Ecuador and Venezuela were sheltering the FARC.
Documents that Colombia says were found in laptops belonging to the slain FARC commander, Raul Reyes, indicate both Correa and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had close ties to the rebel group.
Over the weekend, the Ecuadorean foreign minister asked that Colombia turn over a full set of the documents to the Organization of American States.
But Colombia said it would only turn over documents pertinent to Ecuador.


Updated : 2021-06-16 15:19 GMT+08:00