The New York Times | 10/7/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia Says Rebels Camped In Neighboring Ecuador
Oct 7--Colombia said on Tuesday it has evidence that Colombian Marxist rebels are camped inside neighboring Ecuador, and asked leftist President Rafael Correa to take action against the drug-running guerrillas.
"I will provide precise information to Ecuador about camps the FARC has in the country," Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva told reporters. "We hope that the information will lead to concrete action."
Recent statements from Ecuador saying that it will not tolerate the presence of illegal armed groups are "a very positive sign," Silva added.
Officials in Colombia have long suspected that Correa and Venezuela's leftist leader Hugo Chavez have turned a blind eye to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, whose fighters often have hidden in neighboring countries.
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