Ecuador: “totally inadequate” as to U.S. diplomat’s responses on U.S. military involvement on Colombian border 2008

Posted on November 6, 2014 • Filed under: Border Issues, Colombia, Conflicts, Ecuador, Police/Military Activity, Politics, United States reported…As a “totally inadequate” response scored Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino the explanation secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson gave, on that country’s military involvement in the bombing on the Colombian border in March 2008.

During the bombing, 26 people were killed, including the number two of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Raul Reyes and ecuadorian Franklin Aisalla, thus leading to the breakdown in relations between Quito and Bogota.

“The response was totally inadequate. I will not go into details for obvious reasons, this is very delicate and needs to be discussed with President Correa himself as well as defense officials.

On December 23, president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, described as “serious” the CIA involvement in the attack on Ecuadorean territory on March 1, 2008, when military forces bombed a camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia People’s Army (FARC-EP) that was located less than two kilometers from the Colombian border.


The information in collaboration with the Government of the United States and the Colombian Army to kill Raul Reyes and another dozen FARC leaders-EP was leaked through the American newspaper The Washington Post.

The CIA used GPS technology that can locate targets. The device, reaches victims, even in the jungle, as it did in the attack in 2008.
The US newspaper also outlined that these operations are funded, since 2003, with underground resources and the backing of former President George Bush and now Barack Obama.

Patiño met on Tuesday with Jacobson and discussed a number of issues on the bilateral agenda. Both officials separately acknowledged that there are points of divergence as US non-adherence to the American Convention on Human Rights.

Ecuador requested the extradition of the Isaias brothers, both fugitive bankers of the Ecuadorian courts, accused of bank embezzlement in the context of the economic crisis at the end of the nineties.

Despite these discrepancies, Ecuador and the United States maintains what Patiño called a “positive agenda” that includes trade and academic cooperation. Read Article

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