Colombia: “Uribe Ignores His Wise Men”

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Le Monde Web survey today: “Do you think the public authorities are doing all in their power to obtain the releaseof Ingrid Betancourt? Yes (52.1%), no (27.4%), don’t know (20.5%). O Globo reports that French negotiators were near the area attacked.

Uribe no escucha consejo de Comisión Asesora (Semana, Colombia): Uribe ignores his [foreign relations] advisory commission.

El Presidente siguió adelante con su idea de denunciar a Chávez ante la Corte Penal Internacional, a pesar de que la Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores le pidió estudiarlo.

President Uribe went ahead with his idea of bring charges against Chávez in the International Criminal Court even though the Foreign Relations Commission asked him to study the matter. 

En la reunión de más de cinco horas de este martes, la Comisión Asesora de Relaciones Exteriores le dio un contundente espaldarazo a la posición del presidente Álvaro Uribe en la crisis actual con Venezuela y Ecuador, pero varios de sus miembros le aconsejaron estudiar mejor la demanda contra su par venezolano ante la CPI.

In the meeting of more than five hours on Tuesday, the Colombian foreign relations advisory commission resoundingly endorsed the position of President Uribe in the current crisis with Venezuela and Ecuador, but a number of its members advised Uribe to [reconsider] bringing charges against his Venezuelan opposite number at the International Criminal Court.

Pero hacia el medio día de este miércoles, el gobierno dio a conocer al equipo de juristas e internacionalistas encargados de llevar la demanda a la CPI. Estará conformado por Eduardo Montealegre, Rafael Guarín, Jaime Lombana y Vicente Torrijos. Primero entregarán la información del computador de Reyes a organismos internacionales para confirmar su veracidad, y con ese peritazgo como base, construirán el expediente que soporte la denuncia ante la CPI.

By midday Wednesday, however, the government had announced the team of  experts on legal and international affairs in charge of bring the charges. The team will consist of Eduardo Montealegre, Rafael Guarín, Jaime Lombana and Vicente Torrijos. First, they will hand over the information from [the FARC leader’s computer] to international organizations to confirm its authenticity, and based on this expert analysis, will write the complaint. 

A lot of news organizations are reporting on the documents — transcriptions were published in EL TIEMPO, but they have not been produced yet — as if they had already been authenticated.

The Center for International Policy takes a look at the excerpts already published, in a post called “Ángel and the Dossier.” Studying.

Salvo en el tema de esta demanda, la Comisión Asesora de Relaciones Exteriores, conformada por ex presidentes, ex cancilleres y congresistas, había sentado ayer martes su respaldo decidido al presidente Uribe en cuatro puntos. Primero, “rechazamos enérgicamente el lenguaje que los gobiernos de esos países han utilizado para referirse al Presidente de la República, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, quien encarna la unidad nacional. En este caso, los agredidos somos todos los colombianos”, dice el comunicado.

Except for this point, the commission, which is composed of former presidents, former foreign ministers, and congressmembers, had declared its firm support for Uribe on four points on Tuesday. First, “we reject the langauge that the governments of those nations have used to refer to President Uribe, who embodies our national unity. In this case, the victims are all Colombians,” the press release said. 

One nation, under Escobar, indivisible, with Bolivian marching powder for all.

Tal posición se tomó después de que los presidentes de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, y Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, calificaran a Uribe como “mentiroso”, al referirse a las explicaciones que dio el gobierno colombiano sobre la intromisión de tropas en territorio ecuatoriano durante el operativo en que murió el guerrillero ‘Raúl Reyes’.

This decision was taken after the presidents of Ecuador and Venezuela called Uribe a “liar,” referring to the explanations the Colombian govenment gave for the incursion into Ecuadoran territory by Colombian troops during the operation in which “Raúl Reyes” died.

Prominent play on the news here last night — on TV Cultura, at least, I got home late and missed the other evening news broadcasts — to the role of the U.S. Southern Command in passing satellite intelligence to the Colombian military that allowed the latter to home in.

One of those cheap graphics that show the satellite picking up the signal from the Colombian-Ecuadoran border and beaming it back to Miami, whence it bounces to Bogotá. Helicopters. Explosions.

My gut reaction: They can locate and take out Raúl Reyes, but Osama bin Laden is still alive seven years after 9/11?

%&@!!!

How is this the most effective use of my taxpayer dollars?

Además, después de señalar con tal calificativo a Uribe, funcionarios venezolanos utilizaron otros agravios para referirse a la estrecha relación del mandatario con Estados Unidos.

After calling Uribe this, moreover, Venezuelan officials used other insulting language to refer to the president’s close ties to the United States.

En un segundo punto, la Comisión definió que “respaldamos al Presidente Álvaro Uribe Vélez como responsable constitucional de las relaciones exteriores para superar los desafíos que enfrenta Colombia en su relación con dos países hermanos”.

In a second point, the commission stated that “we support President Uribe as the person constitutionally empowered to manage foreign affairs and overcome the challenges Colombia faces in its relations with its brother nations.”

Este miércoles, el ex presidente Ernesto Samper dijo que durante la reunión, la Comisión le sugirió al presidente que echara para atrás esa decisión. Para Samper, “no sería aconsejable que Colombia termine judicializando todas las diferencias internacionales que se tengan”.

This Wednesday, former president Samper said that during the meeting, the Commission suggested to the president that he retract this decision. In Samper’s view, “it would not be  advisable for Colombia to settle all international differences it might have in court.”

Ante las observaciones de la Comisión, Uribe se mostró con “talante democrático” y se comprometió a estudiar la decisión de denunciar a Chávez, según dijo el ex presidente.

Given the Commission’s recommendations, Uribe demonstrated his “democratic vocation” and promised to study the decision to file charges against [Uncle Hugo], said the ex-president.

Aunque la Comisión pidió mesura en el caso de Chávez, reconoció que Colombia tiene derecho expresar su molestia por lo que el gobierno considera una actitud permisiva con el terrorismo.

Although the Commission called for moderation in the case of Chávez, it acknowledged that Colombia has the right to express its indignation over what the government considers a permissive attitude towards terrorism.

En el tercer punto del comunicado, dice que “a Colombia le asiste el derecho de expresar su desacuerdo con el hecho de que países vecinos acojan grupos guerrilleros y terroristas armados y en campamentos en su territorio. En tal sentido reclamamos el respeto a la resolución 1373 del Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas que prohíbe que los países tengan cualquier tipo de convivencia con grupos terroristas”.

The third point of the press release says that “Colombia has the right to express its disagreement with the fact that neighboring countries are hosting guerrilla fighters and armed terrorists and camps inside their territory. For that reason we call for Security Council Resolution 1373, which prohibits nations from having any sort of collaboration with terrorist groups, to be respected.

The “parapolitics” affair, of course, presents us with the possibility that the congressional base of the Colombian government was elected with substantial help from “Vote Quimby or my friend here will blow your brains out” campaigning by coke-running paramilitary groups that have also been declared terrorists by Uncle Sam.  Signed pledges in this sense.

Precisamente, esa resolución es la defensa que tiene el gobierno colombiano para justificar la incursión de las Fuerzas Armadas en territorio ecuatoriano durante el operativo en que murió ‘Raúl Reyes’.

This is precisely the defense the Colombian government is using to justify the incursion b its armed forces into Ecuadoran territory during the operation that killed “Raul Reyes.”

En contraste, la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), ha rechazado la incursión de Colombia en territorio ecuatoriano.

In contrast, the OAS has rejected this incursion.

Tras el polémico operativo militar, Ecuador decidió desplazar tropas a la frontera para evitar que grupos armados legales o ilegales entren a su país. Venezuela también lo hizo, para evitar que un operativo similar al ocurrido en Ecuador ocurra en su territorio.

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Pero Colombia decidió mover tropas a ninguna de las dos fronteras. Eso lo celebra la Comisión y considera que es necesario acudir a organismos internacionales y no al enfrentamiento armado para superar la crisis con los vecinos.

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“Con sujeción al derecho internacional, que siempre ha guiado la política exterior colombiana, confiamos que la actual coyuntura de nuestras relaciones con los países vecinos se resuelva por medios diplomáticos y apelando a los mecanismos de solución pacífica de controversias del sistema Interamericano”, concluye el comunicado en su cuarto punto.

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Meanwhile, the trial of Fujimori continues. Gripping reading, as reported by La República (Lima).

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“Surprise summit in Lima: Correa meets with García as tension mounts in the region.”
Neither Mexico nor Peru backed Colombia, I am reading. What are you reading?

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