Colombia to denounce Venezuela at Int'l Court of Justice   2010-07-23 13:44:26 FeedbackPrintRSS

BOGOTA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Colombia's General Prosecutor Guillermo Mendoza said Thursday that Colombia would denounce Venezuela at the International Court of Justice because it allowed Colombia's rebel chiefs to hide in the country and commit criminal activities.

Mendoza made the remarks after the Colombian government presented to the Organization of American States (OAS) new evidence of the allegedly presence of Colombia guerilla chiefs in Venezuela, where they ordered to carry out criminal activities in Colombia.

Luis Alfonso Hoyo, Colombia's ambassador to the OAS, presented on Thursday at an OAS extraordinary meeting videos, tapes and photos to show the Venezuelan authorities' support to the Colombia's rebel groups.

"Since the Venezuelan authorities support the Colombia guerilla chiefs and allow them to hide in the country, we should bring the case to the International Court (of Justice) and denounce their behaviors," Mendoza said.

According to Mendoza, the new evidence showed how the Colombia's rebel groups in Venezuela remote-controlled at least 60 military attacks in the border areas with Venezuela in recent days.

Colombia and Venezuela share a 2,200-km-long border line which is considered as a "paradise" for Colombian paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug-traffickers to carry out all kinds of criminal activities.


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