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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Uribe: No Apology for Ecuador Raid

Mexico, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Alvaro Uribe refused to apologize for the March 1 air raid of Ecuadorian territory and called to try Mexican survivor Lucia Morett.

In interview for the Mexican TV while attending the World Economic Forum in Cancun, Uribe blamed the four Mexican late students and Morett of holding direct ties with the FARC.

Uribe also rejected Morett's version and the Mexican Autonomous University rejection of the late students' membership in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and asked him not to criminalize the students' social concerns.

The Colombian head of state called to take Morett to trial either in Mexico or Colombia for alleged felony and rejected Mexico's official request to compensate the late students' families.

He also stressed that the FARC operated in Ecuador with consent of the Ecuadorian government, but Quito has denied it and urged Bogota for proof.

The journalist reminded Uribe that the world condemned the raid he does not regret.

Mexico's Attorney General Office received Colombian official documents that try to prove that Morett as coordinator of the FARC in Mexico.

At the meeting with Uribe, President Calderon reminded that Morett, the late students and their relatives enjoy protection by Mexican and international laws.

Mexico also volunteered official support to demand for justice and interest to settle regional conflicts as Alternate Secretary of the Group of Rio.

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