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| 3/22/2011 12:00:00 AM

Colombian military kills FARC leader

March 22--The Colombian military killed a rebel leader who was a liaison with Mexican drug cartels, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said., 237169

The military operation near Colombia's border with Ecuador, in the department of Putumayo, happened on Tuesday, the president said.

The rebel leader known as "Oliver Solarte" worked directly for the secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

"He was a very important person inside the FARC," the president said Tuesday. "He managed all the drug trafficking and arms trafficking for the southern bloc of the FARC."
Solarte also was the FARC's contact with Mexican cartels to traffic drugs and accept financing, he said.

The FARC leader was a former militia leader for the organization and had been wanted by authorities for a long time, the president said.
 
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