Debacle disperses in Latin America, but more Mexicans involved

Just as quickly as it blew up a week ago, the disagreement between Ecuador and Columbia over an incursion into Ecuador by Columbia to kill a leader of the Farc rebel group has blown over.

President Correa of Ecuador, Uribe of Columbia and Chavez of Venuezuela shook hands during a conference of Latin American leaders in the Dominican Republic on Friday, ending the dispute that had prompted both Venezuela and Ecuador to send troops to their borders.

Meanwhile, reports continue to emerge about the number of Mexicans who were killed in the cross-border attack the Saturday night of last weekend, which left more than 20 dead in total. La Jornada and the international media said that four other Mexicans died in the attack, and Ecuador has launched an investigation into the incident.

‘Colombia in the wrong,’ says Calderon.

President Felipe Calderon yesterday came out on the side of Ecuador in the ongoing dispute with Colombia, triggered at the weekend when Colombia ambushed and killed a Farc guerrilla leader and more than 17 other rebels on the Ecuadorian side of the border.

The Mexican President backed the Organisation of American States resolution that Colombia violated the territorial sovereignty of Ecuador in Saturday’s cross-border attack, according to today’s The News (no website available).

Speaking from Panama, Calderon also called for the two countires to stablise relations, and reiterated support for Colombia’s war on terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime – the latter two of which are huge challenges currently being faced by Calderon in his own back yard.

According to today’s Los Angeles Times, Lucía Andrea Morett Álvarez, the Mexican girl injured in Saturday night’s attack, is not a guerrilla but a university student who was undertaking research for her thesis. But El Universal today maintains that Morrett Álvarez was one of the principal contacts between the Farc and support networks here in Mexico.

Mexican President wants to ease tension between Ecuador and Columbia

President Calderon of Mexico telephoned his counterparts in Ecuador and Columbia this week – Rafael Correa and Álvaro Uribe – to discuss the increasingly tense situation between the two countries since Columbia strayed onto Ecuadorean soil over the weekend and killed ‘the second-highest-ranking leader in Colombia’s largest leftist guerrilla group,’ the FARC and 16 other rebels.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has also weighed into the skirmish, and both he and Ecuador have moved troops to the borders between Venezuela and Columbia. Chavez referred to Columbia’s US-backed Government as the ‘new israel of Latin America,’ and both Venezuela and Ecuador have broken off diplomatic relations with Bogota. Continue reading