World Politics Review | 2/25/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia, Ecuador Tensions Still High a Year Later
Feb 25 -- Since taking office in 2002, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has not wavered from his campaign promise to use a "firm hand" to eliminate the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
But an unintended side effect of Uribe's tough approach has been the deterioration of Colombia's bilateral relations with Ecuador and Venezuela. Colombia has accused its neighbors of being sympathetic to the FARC and letting the rebel group use Ecuadorian and Venezuelan territory -- in the thick jungles that make up a sizeable portion of Colombia's border with both countries -- for safe haven. In turn, both nations have accused Colombia of military aggression and violations of sovereignty.
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