Ecuador to restore ties with Colombia: president

14:36, August 08, 2010      

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Ecuador is seeking to restore diplomatic ties with Colombia, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said here Saturday.

"I think things are going well for a complete restoration of diplomatic ties," Correa said after meeting with Juan Manuel Santos, who has just been sworn in as new president of Colombia.

Santos was wanted in Ecuador for his role in ordering a cross-border raid in Ecuador in March 2008, which killed about 20 people, including an Ecuadorian and four Mexican students. Santos was defense minister at that time.

Ecuador cut its ties with Colombia after Colombian military attacked a camp of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in a jungle in Ecuador.

Correa said Saturday, however, that Santos can go to his country without fear of the case.

"I hope he does it soon," said Correa at the inauguration ceremony of Santos.

He said Colombia's new government has presented information to Ecuador from a computer of a rebel leader, who died in the bomb attack in 2008.

"A computer from one of them was already given to us and they will give us the information about the bombing in the following days," said Correa.

Santos, who took over power from Alvaro Uribe Saturday, said in his inaugural speech that one of his priorities was to reset ties with neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador.

Source: Xinhua


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