Loa Angeles Times | 8/20/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombia court rules against U.S. military agreement
August 20--A high court in Colombia has voided an accord with the United States that would allow an increased U.S. presence on seven Colombian military bases. The ruling on Tuesday by the Constitutional Court declared the agreement signed by outgoing President Alvaro Uribe unconstitutional because it bypassed approval of the Congress.
It remains unclear whether Santos will seek ratification of the pact by lawmakers, says the website Colombia Reports.
"What's important is the cooperation is going to continue. The fight against drug runners, the fight against terrorism does not let up," Santos said, according to Reuters. "And this decision by the court is not going to affect what we've been receiving from the United States."
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