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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ecuador to Create Committee of Inquiry

Quito, Mar 7(Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian Government Minister Gustavo Jalkh announced on Friday the creation of an independent fact-finding committee to investigate what happened in the Colombian bombing of northern Angostura.

The "Accountability Committee" will be made up of five members of different sectors, with no political affiliation, said Jalkh in a press conference.

He explained that these people must be appointed by universities, the Episcopal Conference, Protestant churches, the media, indigenous peoples, social movements and non-active duty members of the Armed Forces.

They will have all support needed to carry out their work, have access to information and economic resources, he added.

We want this Committee to probe into all aspects related to the Colombian attack of March 1st 2008 in Angostura, where a clandestine camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was located.

At least 25 people were killed in the attack, including FARC guerrilla Raul Reyes, four Mexicans and one Ecuadorian.

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