An image on a screen in the press room
shows Dominican President Leonel Fernandez (C) standing between Colombia's
President Alvaro Uribe (L) and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, after
they agreed to resolve the crisis set off by an attack on a FARC guerrilla
camp inside Ecuadorian territory by the Colombian armed forces last week,
at the 20th Group of Rio Summit in Santo Domingo March 7, 2008.
SANTO DOMINGO, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe on Friday reiterated his apologies to Ecuador for his
country's cross-border attack on FARC rebels, but denied violating Ecuador's
territory in the process.
Attending the 20th Rio Group summit held in Dominican
Republic's capital of Santo Domingo, Uribe apologized over the issue again, but
denied his Ecuadorian counterpart Rafeal Correa's charge that Colombia violated
Ecuador's territory, saying that Colombia had informed Ecuador of the attack.
Uribe also said the Colombian army bombed a base of
the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), Colombia's largest rebel group, inside
the Ecuadorian territory from Colombia's aerial territory.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (C) waves to people in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, March 7, 2008. The 20th Rio Group Summit was held in Santo Domingo March 7, during which Colombia apologized for its March 1 cross-border military operation into Ecuador, leading to the peaceful solution to the diplomatic crisis between Colombia on one side and Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela on the other. (Xinhua/Ma Guoqiang)
He further defended his government's actions by
calling FARC's official spokesman and No. 2 leader Edgar Devia alias Raul Reyes
"one of history's gloomiest terrorists".
Devia and 22 other alleged FARC guerrilla troops were
killed in the Colombian government's military attack in Ecuadorian territory on
Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe (R) and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega talk after they agreed to resolve a territorial dispute at the 20th Group of Rio Summit in Santo Domingo March 7, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
To protest the incident, Ecuador sent troops to the
border and broke off diplomatic ties with Colombia on Monday.
The incident also prompted Venezuela to close its
embassy in Colombia.
On Thursday, Nicaragua broke off its relations with
Colombia, demanding Rio Group to strongly condemn Colombia.
Venezuela to normalize relations with
Colombia very soon
7 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that his country
would normalize its diplomatic relations with Colombia very soon, soured days
ago due to a border crisis.
Chavez, who would soon return home from the 20th Rio Group
Summit held in the Dominican Republic, said he would hold a cabinet meeting on
Friday night to normalize his country's relations with Colombia. Full story
Latin American leaders shake off
March 7 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Friday that the
diplomatic crisis with Colombia, triggered by its cross-border raid on rebel
groups operating in Ecuador, has ended with a shake of hands by the leaders.
At a Rio Group summit that concluded here on Friday,
Correa and the Dominican Republic's President Leonel Fernandez shook hands with
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Full story
Rio Group Summit meeting opens amid
Andean diplomatic conflict
Heads of state and delegations wave
during the taking of the official photo at the 20th Group of Rio Summit at
the foreign ministry in Santo Domingo March 7, 2008.
SANTO DOMINGO, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Dominican Republic's
President Leonel Fernandez inaugurated on Friday the 20th Rio Group Summit
meeting, calling for strengthening the development of energy and resolving
The summit's theme is energy, development and natural
disasters, although the diplomatic conflict triggered by Colombia's military
incursion into Ecuadorian territory on Saturday is another important issue. Full story
Another Colombian guerrilla chief
killed in combat
BOGOTA, March 7
(Xinhua) -- Another chief of Colombia's rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC)
was killed on Friday earlier during the combats in central Colombia, military
sources said in Friday.
Ivan Rios was the second chief of the FARC to be killed in
a Colombian military operation. Full story
Ecuador says to continue fighting
QUITO, March 6
(Xinhua) -- The Ecuadorian army said on Thursday it would continue to fight
Colombian rebel groups operating in Ecuador although the South American nation
has broken off diplomatic relations with Colombia.
The Ecuador army would not allow foreign rebel groups to
enter the country and would continue to crack down on the Colombian rebels
operating in Ecuador, including the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
(FARC), a senior officer said. Full story
Andean Parliament calling for dialogue
between Ecuador, Colombia
March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Andean Parliament (Parlandino) issued the Lima
Declaration Thursday, calling on Ecuador and Colombia to launch dialogue to
restore diplomatic ties and resolve the crisis between the two nations.
The Lima Declaration, released at the end of an
extraordinary meeting of the Parlandino, urged the presidents of Peru, Bolivia
and Chile to hold a special summit comprising the heads of states of the Andean
Community (CAN) to resolve the diplomatic crisis. Full story