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Friday, January 25, 2008

Ecuador Protests to Colombia

Quito, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador has made representations to Colombia in the wake of remarks by Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, and denied that guerrilla leader Raul Reyes is in its territory.

"Colombia is aware that the Ecuadorian state does not know Reyes' whereabouts and would not accept the presence in its territory of any people who organize or commit violent acts affecting a third country," a note from the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said.

Therefore, Santos' remarks about the stay of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) leader in Ecuador may distort the international image of this country, the document adds.

The text of the Ecuadorean Foreign Ministry notes that this nation is suffering the consequences of the Colombian internal conflict and the harmful effects of spraying with glyphosate.

This territory is exposed to problems arising from drug cultivation and trafficking in the neighboring country, and receives a significant flow of refugees and displaced people fleeing from armed conflict, the official note says.

The Foreign Ministry reiterates its commitment to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of Colombia, and will defend its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity against third parties

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