The Guardian | 4/29/2009 12:00:00 AM
UK ends bilateral military aid to Colombia
Apr 29 -- Concerns over human rights prompts decision. Colombia says move is 'severe blow' to military
The Colombian government was "extremely surprised" by the decision to cut off the bilateral cooperation programmes, the deputy defence minister, Sergio Jaramillo, told the Guardian.
The British foreign secretary, David Miliband, announced the move in a written statement to the House of Commons last month, stating that the government "shares the concern … that there are officers and soldiers of the Colombian armed forces who have been involved in, or allowed, abuses".
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