U.S. denies involvement in Colombia's 2008 raid against FARC camp in Ecuador

12:12, December 12, 2009      

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The embassy of the United States in Ecuador on Friday denied any U.S. involvement in the Colombian army's raid against a camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Ecuadorian territory in 2008.

A civil commission formed by the Ecuadorian government to investigate the so-called "Angostura" case related to the Colombian army raid in Ecuador on Thursday presented a final report, which stressed the importance of the former U.S. Forward Operation Location (FOL) in Manta base, west of Ecuador, in the raid.

The 131-page report said that the strategic intelligence information processed by Manta FOL was fundamental to locate and track FARC's second leader Luis Edgar Devia, alias Raul Reyes, the main target of the raid.

In response, the U.S. embassy released a statement, saying "these accusations (in the report) were made before ..., the embassy strongly rejects them."

"Manta's FOL was not involved by any means, neither with the Colombian raid in Angostura nor giving intelligence information," the U.S. embassy said.

Noting that it has not had "the opportunity of reviewing the report about Angostura," the U.S. embassy said it "cooperated with the Commission in charge of the report, ... regretted that the Commission has ignored much of the information."

The Colombian Army bombed on March 1, 2008 the FARC camp established in Angostura, Ecuador, killing 26 people including Raul Reyes, four Mexican college students and one Ecuadorian citizen.

The Ecuadorian government said the Colombian government did not notify it of the action beforehand and thus violated the Ecuadorian sovereignty. In protest, it severed diplomatic ties with Colombia.

Source: Xinhua
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