Mar 02 2008
Today, after waking up, I checked the news from back home, El Salvador. On the front cover on massive bold letters, the headlines read “Muere Numero Dos de las FARC” (Number Two FARC leader dies). I was shocked. This is something of great consequences in Latin American politics not just because this will change the rules of the game between the Colombian Government and the FARC - potentially affecting the liberation of hostages and peace negotiations - but also because of the reaction of Colombia’s neighbors.
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Hugo Chavez, as always, has made a scandal out of this, going to the extreme of closing the Venezuelan embassy in Bogota and recalling all of Venezuela’s functionaries. Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, is outraged because he claims that the military operation that ended in the FARC leader’s death was a violation to his nations sovereignty as it took place on Ecuadorian territory. And Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega criticized the Colombian government for killing this guerrilla leader. Both Venezuela and Ecuador have sent troops to their border with Colombia. Continue Reading »