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Friday, March 06, 2009

Ecuador Warns Colombia against Aggression

Quito, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warned on Monday of the consequences of a new Colombian military action in this territory, as he rejected remarks made by Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos.

"Mr. Santos, do not mess with Ecuador, do not make this terrible mistake; anyway, if your view is to persecute and attack terrorists everywhere, I can give you several books for you to see where you must start persecuting terrorists and drug traffickers, that is at home," said Correa.

Speaking at a police ceremony in Quito, the Ecuadorian president refuted remarks made by the Colombian top official, who, according to Bogota-based El Tiempo daily, justified the bombing of northern Ecuador by Colombian militaries a year ago, resulting in the killing of guerrilla Raul Reyes.

"Poor Mr. Santos; he has not realized that there is no room for aspirants to emperors," said Correa, while adding that "if despite its public apology for the aggression, the Colombian government continues with doctrines announced by its Defense minister, they will found us ready."

The Colombian attack a year ago triggered international rejection and the breaking-off of bilateral links between Quito and Bogota.

"He (Santos) says that relations will be restored when Ecuador wants, and Ecuador will want when Colombia gives up this hindrance of the George W. Bush doctrine of expecting that when it comes to defending their interests, they can violate another country's territorial sovereignty," stressed Correa.

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