Argentina to lodge complaint over Colombia trespass to OAS 2008-03-04 09:18:13   Print

    BUENOS AIRES, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana said Monday the country will present its strong rejection of any territorial trespassing in an extraordinary session of the Organization of American States (OAS) Tuesday.

    Taiana was responding to questions by Argentine media about the three-way conflict between Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia, from Switzerland where he was attending a United Nations meeting.

    The three nations became embroiled in a serious diplomatic conflict after Colombian police and soldiers killed 21 rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) at a camp in Ecuador Saturday.

    Ecuador says the operation was an act of aggression but Colombia describes it as "legitimate self-defense."

    Taiana, who outlined Argentina's position after a meeting with his Ecuadorian counterpart Maria Isabel Salvador, said, "Respect for territorial sovereignty is an inviolable principle in international law. Nothing and no one can justify its violation."

    He added that Argentina was taking action so that peace will not be denied and that Colombia's humanitarian process will be continued.

    In the meantime, Argentina's Foreign Ministry has said in a statement that it is "very deeply worried by the evident violation of territorial sovereignty of a nation in the region like Ecuador."

    The statement added that Argentina is involved in diplomatic work to coordinate positions among nations in the region.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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