body of FARC commander Raul Reyes: Killed in a Colombian attack
on Ecuadorian territory, his death now
threatens to spark a regional conflict.
Tal Cual, Venezuela
with Colombia …
"The United States is mounting
a campaign against our country, our President and our institutions. The
campaign that has now been launched against Correa [the President of Ecuador]
is a campaign of empire."
Translated by Miguel Guttierez
March 3, 2008
Venezuela - Tal Cual - Original Article
commander Raul Reyes, killed in a Colombian raid on Ecuadorian
terrirtory, could now spark a wider conflict.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister
Nicolas Maduro said that Plan Colombia, the program
to battle drug trafficking that is financially and logistically backed by the
United States, has turned Colombia into a platform for aggression and war on
"Colombia has become the
launching point for organized aggression, war and violence throughout the
region ... A practical demonstration of this is what is going on in
Ecuador," said the Minister, referring to the three-way conflict between
against Colombia by Ecuador and Venezuela, which was sparked when Colombian
troops killed the FARC's second in command, Raul
Reyes, on Ecuadorian territory WATCH .
[Editor's Note: The FARC,
shorthand for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army, is a
left-wing guerilla group that now controls about 40 percent of Colombian territory
[see map on right]. Funded largely through drug-trafficking, the group is the
central target of U.S. sponsored Plan Colombia, a package of military and
non-military aid that has cost about $3 billion over the past five years ].
Maduro said that the operation undertaken by the
"North American empire" and the Colombian bourgeoisie seeks the
"internationalization of the conflict." The minister went in to say
that it was this incident that resulted in the mobilization of Ecuadorian and
Venezuelan troops toward the border with Colombia. In addition, Ecuador
expelled Colombia's ambassador to Quito and Venezuela ordered the closure of
its embassy in Bogota, although it has yet to be
decided what will the eleven Venezuelan consulates in Colombia will do.
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The chancellor said that the
United States, "is mounting a campaign against our country, our President
and our institutions. The campaign that has now been launched against Correa
[President of Ecuador] is a campaign of empire," and seeks to convert,
"the policy of quote, 'terrorism,' unquote, into a justification for
launching attacks in various parts of the world, and to maintain gross and
obscene budgets of war.
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On January 27, at a meeting
with his Colombian counterpart Fernando Araujo, the
foreign minister transmitted information that indicated, "There are groups
of anti-Venezuelan adventurers who could be behind a military provocation
against Venezuela and against peace "
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