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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Ecuadorian FM Rules Out Meeting Colombian Counterpart

Quito, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Fander Falconi said he will not participate in a meeting in the city of Pasto, Colombia, to be attended by his Colombian counterpart, Jaime Bermudez.

I will not attend that meeting prepared by the Organization of American States (OAS), nor do I plan to meet Bermudez, Falconi told a news conference here.

The meeting, called "Colombia-Ecuador: Building Bridges. Peace and Development Policy for the Border", is scheduled for February 9-10 in Pasto, the capital of the department of Nariño, on the Colombian border, and will be inaugurated by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.

Falconi noted that Ecuador and Colombia have no diplomatic ties and the situation has not changed at all to discern the reestablishment of relations.

He admitted that the Colombian government said it would build up military forces on its south border, but so far, it has done nothing in that regard.

The head of Ecuadorian diplomacy pointed out that Colombian forces attacked his country on March 1, 2008, and his government was slandered, so the administration presented a series of demands to resume contacts.

In addition to reinforced surveillance on the south border, Colombia must end the slander campaign to link the government of President Rafael Correa with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and hand over information about what happened during the attack on the Ecuadorian zone of Angostura and the planes that took part in the bombing, he stressed.

So far, we have received nothing, so Ecuador maintains its stance and there are no plans for a meeting with the Colombian foreign minister, he added.

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