Ecuador Judges that Conditions for Normalizing Relationship with Colombia Have Been Met

first_img Ecuador judges that its requirements for fully normalizing diplomatic relations with Colombia have been met, although the naming of ambassadors has not yet been determined, both countries’ foreign ministers announced following a meeting in Quito. “With this, we have to make it absolutely clear that the requirements that were part of the sensitive issues have been taken care of,” the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, said at a press conference with his Colombian counterpart, María Angela Holguín. Nevertheless, the Colombian minister indicated that a date for naming ambassadors has not been determined at present. “I’m personally not going to put a date on it; we have a very positive relationship, there’s an ongoing dialogue, we’re working in cooperation with one another, and the defense ministers have been working very well on security,” Holguín indicated. Following the meeting, the Colombian defense ministry confirmed in Bogotá that a fifteen-year-old Ecuadorean girl died in an attack against the FARC guerrilla group near the border Monday. The military affirmed that a total of sixteen rebels were killed in the action. The meeting aimed to discuss the so-called sensitive issues for the complete normalization of relations and included defense ministers Javier Ponce (Ecuador) and Rodrigo Rivera (Colombia). By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img

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