The present problem between Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador explained

Here is a good article explaining a little of what is happenning with the recent cross border attack of Columbia into Ecuador and why it has riled both Correa and Chavez.  It appears that Uribe is trying with all of his might to circumvent Chavez’s efforts at brokering a truce between the FARC and Columbia’s government.  As explained in the article, one of the leaders killed by Columbia was instrumental in freeing the hostages recently.  Here is an excerpt:

By all accounts, the midnight attack on the camp of the Farc leaders, a mile inside Ecuadorean territory in the jungle region south of the Putumayo river, was a political decision taken by the Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, to end the peace process orchestrated by Chávez. Four Colombian politicians, held as hostages by the Farc for the past six years, were released last week and given a royal welcome in Caracas. Reyes had been among those who organised their freedom. Killed at the age of 59, Reyes had long been more of a diplomat than a guerrilla commander, though he was often photographed in military fatigues and carrying a gun.

According to the Ecuadorean president, Rafael Correa, the bodies of the Farc commanders and 13 guerrillas were recovered in their pyjamas after being bombed while sleeping in a tent on the Ecuadorean side of the frontier. The Colombian air force, Correa claimed, had used advanced technology “with the collaboration of foreign powers” to locate the camp and “to massacre” its occupants. Uribe’s government is a close ally of the United States and of Israel, whereas Correa belongs to the radical camp led by Chávez. Subsequent to the bombing, Colombian troops crossed the frontier into Ecuador to recover the bodies.

Read the entire article here:

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/richard_gott/2008/03/for_farcs_sake.html

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