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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ecuador-Colombia: No Clear Solution

Ecuador-Colombia: No Clear Solution

Quito, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Carter Center mission admitted the lack of conditions leading to a rapprochement between Ecuador and Colombia for bilateral links, broken since March, to be resumed.

A Carter Center communique released in Quito reveals that "required conditions are nonexistent for local authorities to continue the efforts to resume diplomatic relations between both nations."

Led by former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Francisco Carrion, the group met on Wednesday in Bogota with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and also yesterday with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

Despite its previously expressed optimism, the Carter Center admitted there is no consensus or similar views leading to an atmosphere of confidence to restart contacts.

However, it considered necessary to continue efforts in this regard and announced willingness to cooperate with the governments of Quito and Bogota whenever Uribe and Correa deem convenient.

Following a request from former US President James Carter, the parties agreed to re-establish contacts between charges d’ affairs, a step supposed to be materialized on Wednesday through an exchange of letters.

But the announcement of its postponement by Colombian Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo upset Ecuador, which cancelled indefinitely the resumption of relations "until a serious, decent government exists in Colombia," as said by President Correa.

In view of the Carter Center's failed attempt, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, canceled a visit to Quito to try to find a solution to the bilateral diplomatic crisis.

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